King Khalid Air Force Base: Avionics Pod Facility


Client: Royal Saudi Air Force
Project started: January 2015
Project type: Air Force, New Construction
Project size: ~1,850 square meters
Project location: King Khalid Air Force Base

Basic program requirements: Offices; avionics pod maintenance shop; storage; prayer rooms and associated functions
Tasks: Construction documents; decorative screen design; some project management; coordination with engineers
Programs: Revit Architecture

Michael Baker International
500 Grant St #5400
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-269-6300

Michael Baker International partnered with Gilbane Building Company for a design build project at the King Khalid Air Force Base. The project, known as the King Khalid Training Center (KKTC), consisted of over 24 buildings – a mixture of renovations and new construction. New buildings included a Mosque, Student Center, Dining Facility, Dormitories, Maintenance Training Building, Avionics Pod Facility, Guard Booth/Entry Control Facility, and a Headquarters. Michael Baker’s services included architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, fire protection design, mechanical design, plumbing design, civil design and structural design.

The KKTC is a campus consisting of several distinct building types which function as a central training facility for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). The campus provides the facilities and support functions as required to provide complete maintenance training for the F-15SA aircraft. It was designed to a level of quality and aesthetic that is appropriate for its function and status. The architectural design closely adhered to the design intent indicated in the RFP.

I was discipline lead for a new 1,850 square meter, one-story building, for the storage and maintenance of F-15SA pods. The Avionics Pod Facility (APF) provided the space and utilities required to support intermediate testing and repair of aircraft avionics systems, Pods Systems, and associated support equipment. The facility included space for pod maintenance areas, administration, personnel support, training, instrument calibration, supply/parts/tool storage, and facility electrical/mechanical equipment. The Facility was segregated into three main building areas; the maintenance area with four maintenance bays, an administrative area, and a large storage area. Two overhead doors on either end of the storage area served the flow of pods into the facility. Once inside, the pods are moved throughout the facility via an overhead monorail system. The new structure was proposed to be a pre-engineered metal building with factory finished metal roof and insulated wall panels above a cast-in-place concrete wall. The concrete wall extended from grade to 3 meters above finished floor with a textured paint exterior finish. Storefront glazing was provided at the administrative area for daylighting. The glazing was protected by solar shading devices in the form of decorative metal vertical wall fins and horizontal shade canopies.

I was responsible for producing the construction document set using Revit Architecture 2015, including but not limited to all detailing for the building. Additional responsibilities included some space planning, the designing of the decorative screen systems, coordination with the engineering disciplines, acting as the BIM/CAD manager for the project, assembling packages for the submissions, and responding to government comments. All work was done under the supervision of a senior architect.