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Hawker Beechcraft Corp., Wichita, Kan.

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Hawker Beechcraft Maintenance Hangar, Indianapolis International Airport, Indianapolis Hawker Beechcraft Services, the service and support division of Hawker Beechcraft Corp., developed this 83,000-square-foot maintenance hangar to service the company's business, special mission and trainer aircraft. The $14 million, FAA-certified maintenance, repair and overhaul complex specializes in the aviation manufacturer's Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft, including a new generation Premier and Hawker 4000 planes with composite fuselages.

The building was completed following a fast-track schedule and subdivides into a 40,000-square-foot hangar; 23,400-square-foot shop and parts storage; 8,000-square-foot paint booth; 5,400-square-foot office/administration space; and a 6,500-square-foot FBO terminal operated by Million Air. The state-of-the-art hangar is large enough to accept up to 15 aircraft. The facility incorporates advanced high-expansion foam fire protection, high-bay fluorescent lighting and airrotation heating units that deliver maximum energy efficiency. Other operational elements include hazardous waste storage, in-floor auxiliary power supply, crane, fall-protection systems and a snowmelting system for the apron.

Butler Heavy Structures engineered the Widespan structural system to provide a 266-foot by 150-foot clear span, accessed by a 255-footwide sliding hangar door supplied by Norco Manfuacturing Corp. The door is clad with Butler's Shadowall metal wall panels on the exterior face and lined with Butlerib II. Butler's MR-24 standingseam metal roof system provides weathertight protection for the operations and multimillion dollar aircraft inside. The adjacent buildings are a mix of pre-cast concrete, masonry, composite metal and extensive glazing.

VJS Construction Services, a Butler Building specializing in aviation facilities, led the project with architect Engberg Anderson Architects.


Owner: Hawker Beechcraft Corp.,
Wichita, Kan.
Builder: VJS Construction Services,
Pewaukee, Wis.
Architect: Engberg Anderson Architects,
Metal building system: Butler Heavy
Structures, Kansas City, Mo.,, Circle #46
Sliding hangar door: Norco Manufacturing
Corp., Franksville, Wis.,