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Galaxy FBO, Conroe, Texas

Mid-West Steel Building Co. supplied primary and secondary framing, 24-gauge BattenLok roof panels in Snow White and 24-gauge PBR wall panels in Ash Gray for the $7.9 million Galaxy FBO project at Lone Star Executive Airport.

Mid-West Steel Building Co. supplied primary and secondary framing, 24-gauge BattenLok roof panels in Snow White and 24-gauge PBR wall panels in Ash Gray for the $7.9 million Galaxy FBO project at Lone Star Executive Airport. Completed in October 2013, the project consists of two 37,000-squarefoot hangars and two support buildings totaling 29,000 square feet. The hangars are 295 feet, 9 inches wide by 126 feet long with a 42-foot, 6-inch eave height and symmetrical, large barrel roofs that have 675-foot radiuses. Additionally, Empire Steel Erectors LP erected a three-story, 45,000-squarefoot tilt-wall terminal and office building.

Mid-West Steel also supplied a 16,000-square-foot aircraft arrival and departure canopy to accommodate large corporate jets. The canopy is 168 feet, 2 inches wide by 101 feet long with a single slope, 35-foot, 2-inch low side eave height and 1/4:12 roof slope.

The aircraft tug storage and maintenance building, 126 feet wide by 24 feet, 5 inches long with a 20-foot low side eave height and 1/4:12 roof slope with a thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roof over a 22-gauge B-deck panel, connects the two hangars. The roof on the tug and storage building between the two hangars has a TPO roof chosen because of the owner's concern about rainwater coming onto a nearly flat tug storage building roof.

There is also a combination equipment storage, parking and future office building that is 41 feet, 6 inches wide by 615 feet, 11 inches long, by 14 feet low side eave height with a 7/8:12 roof slope lean-to with a 24-gauge DoubleLok roof in Snow White.

The hangars were fitted with 235-foot-wide by 28-foot-high clear hangar door systems with 10 bottom rolling door leafs. Each leaf weighs approximately 6,800 pounds and five run in each direction. Mid-West Steel Building supplied the door leaves, bottom rail and top guides. Each door system has four Well Bilt Industries 200ID series electric in-line door operators that open and close the doors in about 2.5 minutes.

Approximately 1,097 tons of steel were used. The 15-acre project required a massive amount of site preparation with more than 13,000 truckloads of fill to raise the ground elevation, 45,000 cubic yards of earth excavated for on-site drainage and detention and 21,000 tons of cement-stabilized, crushed concrete laid down for the base of the runway apron and ramp.

The Galaxy FBO's amenities include concierge services, passenger lounges, meeting rooms, flight planning rooms with pilot weather service and a restaurant with a runway view. One of the two hangars will be utilized by FBO transit customers and local tenants. The second hangar will be leased to a flight department.

Owner: Galaxy FBO, The Woodlands, Texas

General contractor: E.E. Reed Construction Co., Sugar Land, Texas

Architect: JGJ Architects, Spring, Texas

Erectors: Ramco Erectors Inc., Houston, and Empire Steel Erectors LP, Humble, Texas

Metal building system: Mid-West Steel Building Co., Houston, www.mid-weststeel.com

Door operators: Well Bilt Industries, Williston, Fla., www.wellbiltdoors.com