The U.S. Air Force substantially upgraded aircraft maintenance operations at Tinker Air Force Base with the inauguration of a $15-million aircraft paint facility.
The U.S. Air Force substantially upgraded aircraft maintenance operations at Tinker Air Force Base with the inauguration of a $15-million aircraft paint facility. The Austin Company designed and constructed the facility under the Department of Defense’s first two-phase design-build procedure. The procedure made it possible for design and construction to be completed in just 18 months.
The facility includes a 36,000 SF paint dock that accommodates C/KC 135s, E-3 AWACS and B-1B aircraft. The facility has specialized storage areas for paint, solvents and supplies; a break room; a locker room; shower and restroom facilities; and support and administrative services areas.
Several features enhance the facilities’ efficiency and assure worker and environmental safety. A compressed air dryer and filter system provides clean, dry air for paint application equipment, and a breathing air system affords protection for personnel during chemical and paint processes. The facility has a centralized chemical and water distribution system for dock cleaning and paint preparation. Soft- water treatment is provided for all facility water. An exhaust system removes paint fumes and filters paint particulate to meet strict environmental regulations.
“The project was awarded nine months earlier and construction was completed six months faster than could have been accomplished by traditional methods.”
-Vincent J. Delli Carpini Design and Construction Program Manager U.S. Air Force
This Project won a DBIA “Best Project” Design-Build Award Competition.