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FACILITY DESIGN 22 airportbusiness December 2017/January 2018 By Dan Bianco Regional Adaptation Inspires Unique Designs A regional twist on an FBO creates a unique facility for customers. Over the past two decades I worked with this challenge to generate unique results for each project, yet I've done so with a determined and consistent approach for each. Recent proj- ects with Atlantic Aviation have allowed me and my colleagues at JRMA Architects and Engineers, to evaluate how to work with a national FBO chain to maintain their standards, while adapting to various locales. The prima- ry intent for these projects was to first deliver a successful solution for the client, yet it was also the development of a replicable design and build approach that could be used to enhance the next project and allow for further focus on what drives each project's success. The projects designed for Atlantic Aviation occurred over an approximate 5-year period, many being designed concurrently and includ- ed a new FBO and hangar facility at Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) and Portland International Airport (PDX), a hangar expansion to the exist- ing FBO at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), a complete renovation of an existing FBO at George Bush International Airport (IAH) and a new FBO and hangar facility cur- rently under construction at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Each of these proj- ects developed their own story. A consistent theme developed for all that centered around defining expectations and drivers, establishing appropriate performance criteria, and execution and management of the process. Oddly enough, for an architect, there became a realization during this process that "design" was not the only answer to a successful project, rather it was more an element to tie into the process. The very first question for defining the expectations for a new facility is why and when it's needed. The "why" for Atlantic HOU, PDX, LAX and SLC were all nearly the same: the need for hangar space was greater than the F or an architect fortunate enough to be involved in the aviation industry, there is almost an unparalleled opportunity for design inspiration. Over the past cen- tury of flight, architects have used this inspiration to develop incredible com- mercial aviation facilities throughout the coun- try, yet it has only been during the past couple of decades that this same inspiration has migrated into the general and corporate aviation community. For many in this community, the simple metal "wrinkle-tin" building that has been so prevalent over the past 50 years is quickly being replaced by more modern facilities that are exceeding the design and amenities of their commercial carrier counterparts. This transformation can be challenging, time consuming and costly if the specific needs of the operator, tenants and regional conditions are not carefully considered. Atlantic Aviation wanted to create a 43,000 square-foot maintenance hangar on an under-utilized area of the existing site that could accommodate up to four Gulfstream G650 aircraft. JRMA Architects and Engineers

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