Presidential Helicopter Program Support Facility in Patuxent River, Md. Courtesy Giuliani Associates Architects, Inc.
Thornton Tomasetti performed structural design and construction administration services for a design-build project to provide a new facility for the testing and evaluation of a new presidential helicopter fleet. The 202,000-square-foot, high-bay, Type II hangar includes engineering, logistics, flight testing and evaluation, maintenance and program team administration spaces. The structure features long-span hangar bays, Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) rooms and design provisions for blast-resistance. The facility incorporated sustainable design elements and was constructed to USGBC “Certified” standards. With an award-to-open schedule of just 15 months, the design phase was completed in only three months and the project was completed on time and on budget.
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