Fort Campbell Special Operations Forces Hangars
Fort Campbell is home to the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division and 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment. USACE contracted with Barge Design Solutions to develop the design-build RFP for two new hangars, one specifically for operational MH-47 Chinook helicopters, and the other to support the Training Battalion’s Rotary Wing helicopters. The projects required special attention to coordinating other installation priorities, security, including sustainable design initiatives, base standards, and other projects, and involved specific user requirements and fast-paced operations.
The project site presented difficult features including wetlands, stormwater management, adjacent airfield work for new aircraft aprons and taxiways, and utility relocations.
Barge Design Solutions selected the standard AAC hangar design as a basis for the hangars and made changes based on multiple design charrettes and team meetings that clarified the requirements for each project. Site features were taken into consideration and defined, and the team employed the SAVE value engineering process to identify solutions that optimized the project’s value.
The project received a “Very Good” rating in the government’s past performance system and “Exceptional” past performance questionnaire feedback from a federal project manager. Due to the secure nature of the project, Barge provided Sustainability services to aid in performing the Government validation for the LEED Silver rating.
The Barge Factor
Years of experience at Fort Campbell, particularly with the Special Operations Forces, gave the Barge Design Solutions team an intimate knowledge of the needs and requirements for the project. This project was awarded through an existing contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.