King Khalid Air Force Base: Dormitory

Client: Royal Saudi Air Force
Project started: January 2015
Project type: Air Force, New Construction
Project size: ~7,200 square meters each
Project location: King Khalid Air Force Base

Basic program requirements: Shared sleeping rooms with private baths and outdoor balcony; mail room; interior courtyard; lobby; meeting/social rooms
Tasks: Construction documents
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 assisted the discipline lead in the design of four (4) new three story Dormitories, designed to accommodate 300 students each for a total capacity of 1,200 students on the KKTC campus. Each approximately 7,200 square meter building provided 150 double-occupancy spaces (300 beds per building in 2 bedroom suites) with balconies. Common areas were also provided on each floor for meetings or small social events. A large central courtyard was designed to provide the rooms on the interior side of the corridor with outdoor access. The buildings were designed to be load bearing construction with precast concrete floor and roof slabs. The stair towers were intended to be aesthetically pleasing and decorative. Precast decorative concrete panels were also designed at each end of the building.

I assisted the discipline lead with the production of the construction document set using Revit Architecture 2015.