Overhaul Base

Location: Kansas City, Mo.

Client: Trans World Airlines

Since 1953, Burns & McDonnell has provided architectural and engineering services at the TWA Kansas City Overhaul Base, meeting the need for expanded and updated facilities as the airline industry has grown and changed.

In the late 1960s, for example, the facility was expanded to accommodate TWA's acquisition of the wide-body jet aircraft. Included in this expansion program were two wide-body jet hangars, an airframe overhaul shop area, a fuel components test facility, a central utilities plant and a large jet engine test cell.

Other programs have involved the expansion of a power plant overhaul building, an industrial waste treatment plant and a plating shop, as well as an underground hydrant fueling system for the flight line. The design of mechanical, electrical, fire protection, sanitary, environmental and utility systems in the growing facility was the responsibility of Burns & McDonnell.

In addition, the firm provided architectural, structural and civil design for most facilities at the overhaul base, including the engine test cell, the fuel components test facility, the central utilities plant and the power plant overhaul building. As a follow-through to design, resident inspection services also have been provided.

In addition to work at the Ground Operations Center, Burns & McDonnell was responsible for total design of a 170,000-square-foot flight training complex. This phased project was a design-build effort.