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American Airlines Training and Conference Center, Fort Worth, Texas

Photo: Louie Galvez Photography

To accommodate the installation of eight full-size flight simulators at American Airlines Training and Conference Center, a section of insulated metal panels (IMPs) was removed from the newly constructed building. The airline training simulators are large, the same size as the front end of airplanes. Trainees enter the cockpits via a landing on the second floor inside the building. The simulators are for an Airbus 320, McDonald Douglas 80, Embraer ERJ 145 and five Boeing jets: B-737, B-757, B-767, B-777 and B-787.

Keith Tucker, construction manager at Southwest Vault Builders, says, "They wanted the building completed and sanitized prior to the simulator installation. With the concealed-fastener insulated metal wall panels, they started at the top, unscrewed the fasteners and then worked their way down to the ground. Once the simulators were in, they reinstalled the removable wall panel section."

Southwest Vault Builders Inc. installed approximately 30,000 square feet of Green Span Profiles' 3-inch-thick, R-24 IMPs in custom American Airlines Tan on the exterior and Regal White I in the interior. The design utilized 30-inch-wide and 36-inch-wide panels to align panel side-laps with window sections. The IMPs were installed as walls on the first two stories. The lowest windows were installed about 8 feet above the start of the panels that were removed and reinstalled. The 16,358-square-foot project was completed in June 2015.

General contractor: Azteca-Omega Group, Dallas,
Architect: Corgan Associates Inc., Dallas,
Installer: Southwest Vault Builders Inc., Lewisville, Texas,
Metal wall panels: Green Span Profiles LP, Waller, Texas,

Photo: Louie Galvez Photography