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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Hangar

RS&H is serving as the Designer of Record for a new, 130,000-square-foot Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) hangar at Fort Hood. In addition to the 12 maintenance bays, the facility will provide maintenance and shop areas, tool, equipment and gear storages area, as well as flight planning, operations and troop support facilities, and general administrative areas for two companies.  

The project is being designed using BIM and required extensive site development design. Site elements include eight acres of 8-inch Portland Cement Concrete apron, a new 1,200-foot long taxiway, taxiway lighting, entry road extension, access roads, POV parking lot, five storm detention ponds, an AFFF detention pond and diversion system, two remote fire pumping stations, over five miles of 16-inch watermain, a 3,000-GPM domestic water pumping station, and an elevated 500,000-gallon water storage tank. All utilities were designed to accommodate a future, adjacent hangar.

In order to achieve energy consumption of 40-percent less than ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, the proposed project includes sustainable design features, such as high efficiency building envelope, HVAC, lighting/electrical, and solar domestic hot water/plumbing systems. All selected systems have EPA Energy Star or FEMP designations. The new facility is on track to earn LEED Silver Certification.

Cecil Field Army Aviation Support Facility

RS&H prepared the complete design for a new 35,000-square-foot, controlled-humidity preservation hangar and the remodel of 20,000 square feet of an existing Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) hangar.  The design included energy-saving features, motorized hangar doors with seals, three storage bays for ground support equipment, and a two-vehicle garage for crash and rescue vehicles.  The 2011 Foundations of Readiness, Journal of the Army National Guard Installations Division, spotlighted the new facility, which was designed to earn LEED Gold certification.

The renovation included a new facility entry area and elevator tower, emergency operations center, and renovations to maintenance and support spaces. The existing Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) fire protection system was upgraded to meet current code requirements.  Site work included new apron pavement, new edge lighting, repairs to the existing apron, complete new layout and striping of the entire apron, signage, a new loading dock, new access road, revisions to the aircraft wash bay, relocation of water and sewer lines and new electrical, communications, water, sewer and gas utilities.

Hangar A936 Renovations

RS&H served as designer-of-record on this design-build renovation, which included 60,000 square feet of maintenance and squadron operations offices and 36,000 square feet of hanger bay area. The project was completed while the facility was operational, and included the complete replacement of the mechanical, electrical, and fire protection systems, as well as all new, secure spaces, which meet Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) criteria.  Significant elements of the project include: 

  • Complete renovation of the supplies rooms, maintenance areas, administrative offices, operations rooms, ready rooms, meeting and training rooms, locker rooms, and a lounge
  • Structural repairs, including rehab of all stairs, and replacement of all interior partitions, wall panels, and frames 
  • Complete replacement of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, fire protection and, electrical systems 
  • Updated interior finishes 
  • New, secure INTEL space for Squadron Operations Intelligence Officer
  • New roofing and hanger bay doors
  • New Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) Fire Protection System at the hangar bay, including a new AFFF Collection System

Aircraft Parking Apron P-265

RS&H provided airfield engineering services for an expansion of the P3 Orion aircraft parking apron at the VP-30 Hangar. The project encompassed 35,122 square meters of new 0.031-meter thick Portland Cement Concrete apron, which was constructed on compacted sub-grade.  Our team provided an improved aircraft parking layout design, in compliance with Navy planning standards, which maximized utilization of the expanded apron final geometry.  Project elements included relocation of taxiway lighting and design of a 150-meter long jet blast deflector.

Fuel Cell Hangar

The renovation of this fuel cell hangar encompassed the full design and construction management for repairs to an existing 11,000-square-foot fuel cell maintenance facility, deployment processing area, and an adjacent wing tank storage area. The original fuel cell facility was designed to accommodate repairs to F-16 aircraft.  RS&H’s design re-purposed the facility to meet the requirements of F-15s, as well as current code standards including fire, life safety, and electrical design. 

RS&H performed value engineering studies to ensure the renovations met the funded construction cost amount.