- Drone Operations Facility Design
Our team provided comprehensive design services for the new MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) facilities and supporting elements of the mission control element (MCE) beddown at Shaw AFB. Two facilities are designed for the MQ-9 RPA Beddown Complex, which contains a partial two-story headquarters and a two-story operations facility. The associated site work includes facility mechanical equipment, generator equipment, trash enclosure, 250 parking spaces and a canopy for two Mobile Ground Control Station (MGCS) units. The complex has an exterior courtyard that promotes personnel interaction while allowing for a shared entry access point from the parking areas. The building designs use the roof lines to create a visually integrated complex while establishing a strong Air Force Mission Presence.
This operational facility, projected to be manned by 432 personnel, directly supports the warfighter in the Area of Responsibility (AOR) by allowing unmanned aircraft operations from locations within the United States. This project provides the critical mission planning space and will be attached to the fixed Ground Control Station facilities that are used to operate the unmanned aerial weapon system in the AOR from home station. The operations facility supports mission planning, flight operations, mission briefs/de-briefs and unit training devices and must have redundant communications, power and utility systems to ensure sustained, around-the-clock operations.
The headquarters facility is designed to house a command suite, a 250-person auditorium and squadron supporting administrative offices. Facility support spaces and facility service spaces are shared. The entrance lobby demarks the overall complex entrance. The headquarters facility is approximately 23,500 gross square feet. The operations facility will house two squadrons with independent mission requirements. A large portion of the squadron components will be located within a secure area. Access into each squadron will be accessed via independent secure vestibules.