Kleinfelder provided complete design and construction administration services for the new KC-135 aircraft hangar and fueling facilities and renovation of two existing buildings for shops, offices, and a wash bay.
Challenge: Understanding the high energy demand of the typical KC-135 hangar and lifecycle facility operations costs prompted Kleinfelder to design this project from a sustainable perspective. Kleinfelder researched ways to get beyond the typical KC-135 aircraft hangars that have a large box hangar shape and constant roof height. Unique needs for these facilities include an AFFF fire suppression system, specialized ventilation systems for work on interior bladders of aircraft, and point-of-use oxygen supply.
Solution: Kleinfelder’s research determined that an octagonal plan with a multi-pitched roof was found to have 30% less surface area and 55% less volume than a rectangular shape, reducing energy demand by 45% and construction costs by $500,000. Kleinfelder partnered with the ANG and local staff during a design charrette process, interviewing facility end-users and presenting design options to ensure our design would enhance their operational mission, while meeting the sustainability goals of the National Guard.
Project Results: Kleinfelder’s design produced an energy-efficient, innovative facility, which was completed on time and 15% below the government construction cost estimate.