HAECO Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) FacilityGreensboro, North Carolina
In order to expand its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) capabilities at its home base of Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA), in Greensboro, North Carolina, HAECO Americas enlisted BRPH to deliver a new, state-of-the-art hangar.
More than just a metal building for airplane repair, this new, 250,000 square foot facility is an iconic symbol of HAECO’s headquarters and brand. As their fifth hangar at PTIA, this is their largest, nearly double in size of the other four existing hangars. The 176,000 square feet of hangar space has the capacity to hold eight narrow-body aircraft or two wide-body and two narrow-body aircraft simultaneously. The remaining 74,000 square feet serves operations , parts fabrication and storage, and well-appointed client communication and observation on-site office suites.
The design incorporates natural light at every opportunity. Translucent panels wrap the main hangar space on three sides and feature prominently in the hangar doors, allowing light to flood the main space whether the doors are open or closed. Abundant glazing in the administrative spaces continues the emphasis on light, particularly in the stairwells which run parallel to a two-story glass curtainwall.
The site design presented a unique set of challenges to the design team, as existing conditions dealt the design team a stream running through the middle of the site as the main outfall for the airport. Erosion control in this area was a critical concern, and BRPH’s civil team coordinated closely with North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to obtain permits, which required four levels of review, all while keeping the contractor moving on construction. An additional challenge was the use of Faarfield, a pavement calculator used by the FAA. Though it was a new addition to our process, its use resulted in the design requiring less pavement than originally expected, which resulted in cost savings.