Burns & McDonnell was selected by the Navy to design and construct a jet engine test cell in Kingsville, Texas. This design-build project is an air cooled jet engine test cell with prefabricated run room, primary and secondary inlet air stacks, augmentor, and exhaust stack. All components are constructed with high-performance acoustical panels. The run room contains acoustical main engine entry and personnel doors.
- Conceptual design
- Detailed design
- Construction management
The facility includes an ancillary masonry building containing a control room with an observation window and instrumentation racks, fuel/preservation oil room, toilet, mechanical room, office, and test equipment storage room.
Built-in equipment includes an instrumentation boom, engine air start system, fuel supply system, proof load and preservation oil systems. Supporting facilities include a start air compressor system and an aboveground fuel tank, complete with a containment berm capable of serving the test cell. New construction also includes a fire protection system, HVAC, lighting and power. An oil/water separator, electrical, water utilities, industrial waste system, sanitary sewer system and access paving were provided.