F-22 Robotics Coating Facility

F-22 Robotics Coating Facility

Location: Marietta, Ga.

Client: Lockheed Martin Aeronauticals

Burns & McDonnell provided complete design-build services for Lockheed Martin's robotics coating operations in Marietta, Ga. As the designer and general contractor, Burns & McDonnell was responsible for overall project management, facility design, construction, commissioning and turnover of the 7,300-SM facility for application of low observable coatings. Contract requirements in addition to the design-build contracting aspects included providing a 3-dimensional model of the entire facility, dynamic modeling of the airflow process, and design and procurement of large custom items including plenum laminar flow doors, specialized air scrubbing equipment, and air handling equipment with extreme temperature requirements. Project delivery for the facility required extensive coordination between design and construction teams to ensure that the unique design conditions and custom purchases did not delay construction purchasing and, in turn, schedule.

Design and construction of this project was fast tracked to meet the required schedule for aircraft production. Design was completed in less than 12 months and construction was completed one month ahead of the client's need date. To meet this aggressive schedule, Burns & McDonnell developed various design packages starting with underground utilities and site grading, followed by structural steel, footings and floor slabs, mechanical, electrical and architectural packages. This approach allowed a construction start some three months earlier. All long-lead items were pre-purchased, allowing final drawings issued for construction to show all openings, connections and utility tie-ins in the exact locations required.

Special hangar systems for the facility included the design and installation of teleplatforms. These teleplatforms had precise robotic movements, paint/strip ventilation systems with high temperature drying to accommodate the special paint application process, laminar flow ventilation, NESHAP compliant filtration, central plant utilities and power, 400-hertz power, breathing air and compressed air.