Airbus Aircraft Manufacturing Center

In 2012, Airbus announced plans to develop its first U.S.-based aircraft manufacturing center – a $600-million project. The facilities, located on 116 acres at the Brookley Aeroplex industrial airport on Mobile Bay in Mobile, Alabama, will produce as many as fifty A320 family aircraft annually.

Project Description: 

In 2012, Airbus announced plans to develop its first U.S.-based aircraft manufacturing center – a $600-million project. The facilities, located on 116 acres at the Brookley Aeroplex industrial airport on Mobile Bay in Mobile, Alabama, will produce as many as fifty A320 family aircraft annually.

The Austin Company has provided design, engineering and construction administration services for the most critical components of the overall project – the Final Assembly Line (259,600 SF), Logistics Building (70,500 SF) and Service Building (95,500 SF) facilities at the new manufacturing center.

In response to the project's aggressive schedule, expedited design of the pilings and pile caps allowed this construction work to begin just six weeks after award of the design. Austin completed all design and engineering work for the complete construction documents in just five months following the contract award.

Special design considerations were necessary for these buildings due to the location and local soil and weather conditions, involving flood protection, local heavy rain, corrosive protection, deep foundations and influence of hurricanes, including gale-force winds up to 135 MPH. The buildings are designed to achieve LEED® Silver certification.

This is Airbus’ first assembly facility in the United States and once completed, the buildings will be used to assemble the latest and most fuel-efficient, A319/A320/A321 family of aircraft. Airbus began aircraft assembly in Mobile in mid-2015, with the first aircraft delivery in 2016. By the end of 2017, Airbus expects to be assembling new aircraft in Mobile at a rate of four a month.

Project Stats: 

Square Footage: 425,600 SF

Austin Services Provided: Design, Engineering, Construction Administration

Location: 

Mobile, AL

Project Client: 

Airbus

Share