King Khalid Air Force Base: Pump House


Client: Royal Saudi Air Force
Project started: January 2015
Project type: Air Force, New Construction
Project size: ~75 square meters
Project location: King Khalid Air Force Base

Basic program requirements: Fire pump and domestic water pump room
Tasks: Construction documents; 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 75 square meter Domestic Water Utility and Fire Protection Systems Building (PMP). This building was meant to house the fire pumps, domestic water pumps, and associated equipment to serve the KKTC campus. The PMP is located adjacent to the water storage tank and north of the Dining Facility on the KKTC site. The construction of the PMP consisted of load bearing concrete walls with precast concrete floor and roof slabs. The floor slab was designed to be sloped toward the large overhead doors for drainage in lieu of floor drains which had the potential to leak in the future, and thereby possibly contaminate the water supply. The exterior concrete walls were designed to match the exterior of the other buildings on the campus. Large overhead doors were provided to facilitate movement of the pump equipment. A monorail with hoist was also provided to assist in replacement of the pumps.

My responsibilities included the creation of the construction document set including detailing the entire building and coordination with the engineers. All work was done under the supervision of a senior architect.