King Khalid Air Force Base: Maintenance Training Facility


Client: Royal Saudi Air Force
Project started: January 2015
Project type: Air Force, New Construction
Project size: ~11,000 square meters
Project location: King Khalid Air Force Base

Basic program requirements: Maintenance hangars; simulated maintenance training; offices; classrooms; storage; assembly space
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 an approximately 11,100 square meter facility comprised of a 4,760 square meter two-story academic wing, a 250 square meter one story auditorium, a 2,575 square meter one story task training wing, and a 2,415 square meter maintenance hangar with two hangar bays accommodating (4) F-15SA aircraft total. The Maintenance Training Facility (MTF) was designed to accommodate task trainers for simulated (virtual) maintenance training and hands-on training in the full service four-bay maintenance hangars.

The MTF was the largest and the most programmatically complex of the six main building types in the KKTC.

The design of the MTF included decorative metal trellis panels that were made of stamped metal with a factory applied 70% polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) finish. Decorative precast concrete wall panels were also designed with the intent of screening the two story Academic Wing. The precast concrete wall panels at the MTF were meant to match the precast concrete wall panels at the Mosque, Student Center, and Dormitories. The MTF was connected to the other buildings on the KKTC via a shaded walkway system.

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