Project Description

Project Details

Description Aviation
Structural Engineering
Location Sugar Grove, IL


Randy L. Musser, PE, LEED AP
Structural Engineering

Corporate Hangar at Aurora Municipal Airport

A large international corporation with multiple flight facilities choose to consolidate their flight operations to a single location in the United States. After extensive investigation of site alternatives and economic incentives, Aurora Municipal Airport was chosen as the site for these operations.

RS&H was then retained to plan and design a new 270-foot by 140-foot clear span hangar to house three Gulfstream-V aircrafts. The program for the building included 15,500 square feet of offices and shops for the corporate flight department. The building structure was a preengineered metal building with precast concrete accent panels at the main entrance to the facility. Four 100-ton articulated cranes were used to erect the steel framed “supertruss” that spanned 270 feet over the hangar door. Under a restrictive budget, RS&H worked closely with the Owner and Construction Manager to incorporate Value Engineering opportunities to provide a unique building within budget and project schedule.

RS&H also assisted the airport owner in obtaining a state funding grant to complete the parking lot, ramp service drive and area security fencing, as well as provided engineering services for these facilities and the apron expansion.