Transportation & Aviation

Murfreesboro Municipal Airport, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Photo: Shawn Davie/Priscilla Smith Photography and Westlight Aerials

Metal wall panels contribute to the aviation theme in the design of Murfreesboro Municipal Airport. The building features a complex geometry with multiple roof planes, varying eave heights and blended wall elements.

The design-build project replaced City of Murfreesboro’s previous airport terminal. Architecture firm Lowen and Associates LLC and general contractor Smith Design/Build Corp. Inc. used a metal building system with rigid frames to meet wide clear span requirements over a lobby and large meeting rooms.

Cumberland Fabricating Steel Erectors erected A&S Building Systems’ metal building system. At the roof, Marion and Green Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. installed A&S’ 16-inch-wide, 24-gauge BattenLok HS standing seam roof system with a Kynar finish.

Exterior walls have metal stud construction finished with horizontal profile metal panels, metal composite material (MCM) panels and other materials. There is also an observation mezzanine with bar joist and metal deck construction.

At the walls, Marion installed Dimensional Metals Inc.’s HWPA 16 horizontal wall panels in DynaClad Slate Gray. Additionally, Alexander Metals Inc. installed Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America Inc.’s ALPOLIC MCM panels.

The 15,832-square-foot airport is used for other purposes besides its fixed base operation (FBO). Middle Tennessee State University’s Aerospace Department occupies flight pilot training classrooms for 1,000 aviation students. Also, a business center has conference space, a catering kitchen and executive meeting rooms for community use.