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DEC 2017 - JAN 2018

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FACILITY DESIGN 24 airportbusiness December 2017/January 2018 to a Design-Build delivery method in which the owner, contractor and architect are all on-board from day-one of the project. JRMA teamed with Centrex Construction to design and deliver two new hangars, a new FBO and a renovated ground service equipment building. The entire process for the $25 million project, from design conceptions to project comple- tion was accomplished within 20-months, which included wrapping up the project in one of Portland's worst winters in decades. The costs for Atlantic PDX were kept in check through the realistic development of a concept design, cost model and appropriate contingencies for "what-ifs" early on in the project. A concerted effort was made to hold as close to the initial concept and costs as possible; and when the "what-ifs" occurred, to evaluate these against schedule and budget impacts. The key take- away from this process was to continually look forward far enough into the project to accurately gauge the current work effort and take advantage of opportunities for improving the design, schedule or budget. Once a decision has been made on the budget, then starts the "bar- gaining" of where to allocate it within the project. This decision should be made by looking at the fundamental objectives and expectations for the project. For Atlantic HOU, minimal impacts to their current on-site operations was paramount, thus a more expensive and longer duration phased project was required. For Atlantic PDX, the new facility was completely detached from the current operations, thus the contractor had the ability to construct all phases concurrently. This allowed the primary focus for PDX to be a balance of operational efficiency for the facility and creating a "northwest modern" lodge style FBO that fit in the context of Portland. Within the FBO, there was careful consideration of public area higher-end finishes as opposed to the more durable back-of- house finishes at line service, support and administrative offices. The variance between these levels of finishes can be nearly two or threefold, thus knowing what is impactful to your customers and what they expect should be closely evaluated. The solution for Atlantic PDX was to place the lobby and higher-end finish - es under a soaring wood roof anchored by two massive stone fireplaces. The roof defined the landside and airside entries and provide direct visual access through the entire FBO. The more basic finish levels for back-of-house operations were used at the support areas flanking either side of the lobby. Similar interior and exterior finishes to the FBO were then used at the hangars and tenant offices to carry through the northwest theme to the entire campus without having to allocate the same cost as the customer focused areas. Whereas Atlantic PDX and Atlantic HOU had a primary goal of establishing a unique customer experience at the FBO, many aviation facilities, such as the new hangar for Atlantic at LAX had a stronger basis in operations and the need to adhere to unique performance criteria. Read more: JRMA Architects and Engineers Dan is a licensed architect and President of JRMA Archi- tects and Engineers based in Orange County, California. Dan brings nearly thirty years of experience to the firm with a focus on designing aestheƟcally innovaƟve and operaƟonally efficient aviaƟon faciliƟes. Dan has led the effort to develop soluƟons throughout the United States and abroad for over fiŌy aviaƟon faciliƟes including FBOs, MROs, Hangars, CBP/Customs, Air freight and Support FaciliƟes. Dan Bianco ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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