F-22 Beddown Facilities

Client: U.S. Air Force
Location: Langley Air Force Base, Va.

Summary

Burns & McDonnell provided design and construction phase services for a three-year phased beddown of F-22 aircraft.

Sustainable design concepts, utilizing local and regional building materials, reduced the environmental impacts from transportation and supported the local economy. Recycled materials are featured where possible, reducing virgin material use. Approximately 60 percent of existing concrete foundations, slabs and airfield pavement was left in place. Facility envelopes are energy efficient and variable air volume air handling systems save operating costs by reducing chiller run time.

Translucent panels high on the exterior walls on three sides of the aircraft maintenance unit (AMU) hangar to provide deep penetration of daylight into the work space. Exterior eyebrows were placed over entrances to allow natural light to penetrate interior spaces.

Facility variable air volume (VAV) air handling systems utilize outside air economizers, allowing systems to switch to additional outside air when appropriate. The air handling systems in each building also have modes that reduce set-point temperatures during unoccupied periods through a direct digital control system. The VAV air handling systems utilize fan-powered terminal boxes that can be used during warm-up and cool-down to maintain space temperatures by pulling air from the plenum and not running the large air handling units.

Rooms with high heat loads to support computer equipment are served by separate systems so that the larger building systems can be placed in an unoccupied mode while these rooms can maintain required temperatures. An efficient overhead radiant heat system was installed in the aircraft maintenance bays. High-efficiency lamps and electronic ballast were used in administrative areas, with occupancy sensors and day/night setback controls.

Services

  • Planning charrettes
  • Documentation
  • Surveys
  • Investigations
  • Cost estimates
  • Permitting
  • Construction scheduling and phasing
  • Contractor reviews
  • On-site quality assurance inspections

Features

  • Three squadron operations/AMU hangars, which received Honor Awards for Concept Design and Facility Design from the Headquarters Air Combat Command
  • Low-observable coatings application and composite repair hangar, which received Merit Awards for Concept Design and Facility Design from the Headquarters Air Combat Command
  • Base operations and weather forecasting facility
  • Flight simulator and training facility
  • Flightline kitchen and dining facility
  • Infrastructure upgrades
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