Before they ever take to the air, airline pilots and supporting flight crews need to train in a real-world environment without real world passengers. BRPH helped our client, JetBlue, to create a world-class training facility to simulate true commercial flight. JetBlue University provides training facilities for all JetBlue pilots and flight crew, as well as technical support and customer service staff, accommodating 200 permanent daytime staff and up to 300 students at a time. The University includes classroom space, an auditorium, cafeteria, office space, a specialized, heated outdoor emergency slide/raft training pool, and a 36 foot-high simulator hall.
High bay spaces punctuated by large glazed openings showcase multiple simulators (four Airbus A320, two Embraer E190, and two cabin simulators) and allow users and guests to appreciate the dynamic learning environment within.
Because the training center is located on the grounds of Orlando International Airport, BRPH incorporated solutions to mitigate both internal and external noise and vibration from the adjacent runways, and to prevent simulators from disrupting nearby classrooms.
The form and materials of the facility echo the duality of innovation and tradition that have made JetBlue Airways a success. The building expresses this notion through juxtaposition of the rectilinear precast concrete form of the simulator halls and classrooms, and the composite metal cladding and elliptical curtainwall glazing of the building entry.
During their training, pilots and crew stay at the adjacent JetBlue Lodge, another facility designed by BRPH.