EDiS provided design-build services for the expansion and renovations to an existing aircraft hangar and associated offices for an aircraft service center for Hawker Beechcraft at the New Castle Airport. The 6,300 SF addition included a parts room, shipping and receiving area, and locker room additions. Butler Manufacturing Company was the pre-engineered building manufacturer. The existing facility was also a Butler building that was provided by EDiS in two phases during the 1990s. The scope also included related sitework, a 46-space parking lot addition, numerous interior renovations including finish upgrades, and exterior renovations including painting and metal banding. In addition, hangar space upgrades included new lighting, addition of utility/service pedestals, epoxy floor coating, and addition of de-stratification fans.
“In every aspect of the project, the EDiS team performed as an exemplary level. They met each challenge of the planning and construction timeframe with professionalism, a high degree of communication with Hawker Beechcraft, and consistently creative methods of maintaining the construction schedule.”
Using a pre-engineered Butler solution was the best course of action for the project, but it was not without challenges. The building included several custom features to meet the client’s design requests, and these features are not typically part of the pre-engineered manufacturer or contractor’s scope of work. One of those features was a custom interior stainless steel gutter that was used on a building with a full parapet. The HVAC design included a large HVAC rooftop unit. EDiS was able to work through the geometry of locating the unit on the pitched roof and setting the height on the building parapet so that the unit was not visible from the ground around the building. Other custom features included a self-framed custom door canopy and pre-hung doors prepared for electric strikes and a proprietary keying system. In addition, EDiS and Butler had the challenge of matching a discontinued metal wall panel. The team was able to provide an almost seamless match to the finish and the color of the existing panel.
"EDiS and their design team worked with us and found a way to provide most of what the Hawker Beechcraft team wanted through good design and product selection and creative bidding that premised us to select alternatives based on market pricing."
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