Integrated Test Facility

Integrated Test Facility

Location: Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Client: NASA — Ames Research Center

Burns & McDonnell provided design for a 10,300-square-meter integrated test facility, including a 2,800-square-meter test bay and a 2,100-square-meter test bay, for NASA at its Ames Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The facility is designed to accommodate prototype modified production aircraft including the High Alpha Research Vehicle, the X-29 and the X-31.

The facility includes laboratory and office space on two floors in an adjacent structure, as well as computer rooms, equipment rooms, an electrical substation, a central hydraulic system, emergency diesel generation, uninterruptible power and electromagnetic interference controls. Burns & McDonnell was responsible for all HVAC, mechanical systems and chilled water plant design. Ventilation systems include constant and variable volume systems as well as close tolerance temperature and humidity control for the laboratory and testing facility.

The project required fire protection design in accordance with NFPA Standard 409. Overhead systems include foam/water deluge systems activated by thermal detection systems. The fire protection systems include low-level, underwing, oscillating foam/water monitor nozzles designed for wing shadow protection of wide-body aircraft and complete floor coverage in bays housing smaller aircraft.