Army Aviation Support Facility - Whiteman AFB

Location: Knob Noster, Mo.

Client: Missouri Air National Guard

Completion Date: 2006

The new Army Aviation Support Facility at Whiteman Air Force Base, near Knob Noster, Mo., will provide the Missouri Army National Guard direct maintenance and operation support for a new battalion of AH-64 attack aircraft. The primary structure includes approximately 83,000 square feet of space for aircraft maintenance, operations and training functions.

The aircraft maintenance hangar comprises of approximately 40,300 square feet, enough to fully enclose eight aircraft with required work clearances. Aircraft will access the hangar bay through 20-foot tall horizontal sliding hangar doors approximately 60 feet wide, providing a single leaf for each bay. The hangar floor will have trench drains and aircraft grounding points. Aircraft maintenance utility connections will be between alternating aircraft bays and will include computer workstations for maintenance control. The facility will meet the physical security measures required for secure (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) and non-secure operations.

The allied shops provide for repair and testing of avionics systems, propellers and rotors, airframes, pneudraulic systems, aircraft engines, armament subsystems and night vision devices. Operations and administration areas include pilot offices, flight operations, flight planning, simulation and training, aviation life support and technical support space. The secondary structure includes an adjacent, enclosed, storage area for 10 AH-64 aircraft, a GSE shop and GSE covered open storage of approximately 28,560 square feet.

A new fire pump house and storage tanks will also be located adjacent to the hangar. The fire pump house will contain three 1,500 gpm. 125 psig, electric fire pumps, fire pump controllers, jockey fire pump and jockey pump controller. Pumps will be fed from two above-grade welded steel storage tanks, holding 50,000 gallons each.

Specialized building support systems will include in-floor radiant heat systems, overhead pre-action and wet-pipe fire sprinklers, low-level high-expansion foam fire protection systems, mass notification systems, security intrusion detection systems and lightning protection systems.

Supporting facilities for the site will include rigid pavement for the taxiway, apron, aircraft wash rack, loading dock, fuel truck containment, access drives and fire pump station and utilities. The flexible pavement will be provided for the personnel owned vehicle parking lot and airfield shoulders.