Burns & McDonnell was selected by the Navy to design and construct a jet engine test cell in Meridian, Miss. 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 engine test room will have sound-attenuated personnel doors and acoustical entry doors for bringing in the jet engines.
The facility includes an ancillary masonry building containing a control room with observation window and instrumentation racks, storage room, office, toilet, mechanical room and fuel/preservation oil room. Fire protection, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, power, lighting, paving and site improvements were provided.
Built-in equipment includes an instrumentation boom, engine start air system, proof load, and fuel supply system and preservation oil systems. Supporting facilities include a static/fixed air compressor system, an aboveground fuel storage tank, and an oil/water separator. Existing outdoor test cell facilities B71, B177 and B178 were demolished.