Composite Aircraft Maintenance Complex
Project Type: Advance Planning Study Design and Construction Administration; Duluth, MN
Client: Minnesota Air National Guard
LHB provided a conceptual plan, construction documents and construction administration services for the phased construction of a composite aircraft maintenance hanger complex. A study was prepared to help MnANG demonstrate to Congress the need for a new $21 million facility. The study led to funding for design and construction of the facility. Aircraft maintenance activities were previously conducted in ten separate facilities – ranging in age from 10 years to 50 years old. The facilities were located throughout the base with no direct connection between them. The Composite Aircraft Maintenance Complex consolidates most of the maintenance activities into one facility, greatly improving maintenance efficiencies.
In addition to consolidation of function, the facility resolves numerous space shortages existing in the aircraft maintenance and maintenance support functions. The facility was designed to support fighter aircraft and large-frame aircraft with minimal modifications to provide a capability to support any future aircraft the National Guard may fly. User requirements, future changes in mission, compatibility with the existing complex, and alignment with the Master Plan were considerations for this facility. Needs regarding specific structural support issues, Air Guard National Design Policy, building codes, energy efficient systems (such as the use of photovoltaic panels) and other mechanical, electrical, communication, and fire protection systems were also addressed. Wetlands and storm drainage, sanitary sewer and water main re-routing systems were identified.