King Khalid Air Force Base: Headquarters

Client: Royal Saudi Air Force
Project started: January 2015
Project type: Air Force, New Construction
Project size: ~660 square meters
Project location: King Khalid Air Force Base

Basic program requirements: Offices; conference rooms; interior courtyard; storage rooms; break area
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 assisted the discipline lead with the design of a new 660 square meter one story Headquarters/Administration facility (HQA). This facility was designed to provide office and support space for the KKTC Command. The facility included an independently supported entrance canopy that extended over the main roof and over the interior courtyard, as well as a solar screening system made of decorative metal on the southeast corner of the building.

The HQA was located near the entry to the Maintenance Training Facility (MTF). The MTF breezeway canopy was designed to extend to this building and provide protected access between both facilities. The facility was designed to function as the arrival point for visitors and dignitaries arriving to the campus.

My responsibilities included the creation of the construction document set including detailing the entire building, some project management, coordination with the engineers, and responding to government comments. All work was done under the supervision of a senior architect.