The F-22 Raptor, the U.S. military’s premier fighting machine requires a state of the art facility to maintain it. This new Squadron Operations/Aircraft Maintenance Unit (SO/AMU) hangar consists of a two-story administrative operations area, six-bay F-22 maintenance hangar and utility building. Housing complete maintenance and operations functions for the 199th Fighter Squadron, the steel-framed structure accommodates 42,785 square feet of maintenance/hangar space and 34,215 square feet of administrative area.
The newly constructed building is a heavy structural steel framed facility with exterior finishes of masonry, insulated metal panel wall and roof systems, fenestrations and detailing. The hangar bay, sized to completely enclose six F-22 aircrafts with Air Force clearances (in compliance with AFH 32-1084) required a truss system with 180 feet of open span for the full 186-foot length of the hangar. The space is accessed by aircraft via two sets of three vertical lift fabric doors located on the east and west sides of the hangar bay. The long span clear opening of the doors is nearly 174 feet in width and 24 feet in height. Clearance from the floor to the underside of the hangar bay structure is 30 feet. The hangar bay is protected by both wet pipe and foam fire suppression systems.
The facility achieved a LEED Platinum certification rating, making it the Air National Guard’s first such rated project in the entire United States. Sustainable aspects include photovoltaic (PV) systems providing both power and hot water for the facility.