Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Project Receives Top Honor

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Project Receives Top Honor

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Hangar Conversion project has received a top honor from the 2022 US Air Force Design Awards for excellence in design, sustainability, and energy efficiency.

Indianapolis-based American Structurepoint teamed with CMS Corporation to provide architecture design, structural engineering and civil engineering services for the $34.7 million design-build project that received an Honor Award in the renovations/additions category. CMS Corporation is headquartered in Ohio and has several Indiana and Illinois offices. The Honor Award is the highest-level award given in the design competition.

American Structurepoint’s design team and construction manager CMS Corporation faced a daunting challenge. The team needed to maintain the historical aspects of a World War II-era hangar while renovating it to best serve the 21st-century US Air Force. The task called for renovating approximately 37,350 square feet of existing space at Wright-Patterson and providing a new second floor within the hangar’s interior.

Judges for the awards program highlighted the team’s innovative solution to design a building within a building for preserving the hangar’s historic exterior while also providing long-term sustainability and meeting the military’s complex antiterrorism and security requirements.

The team’s exterior renovation, which included the full restoration of the original 1943 hangar door, maintained the hangar’s architectural compatibility with the Wright Field Historic District. Another award-winning feature is clear glazing along a first-floor break area that allows building occupants to experience daylight and outside views while working in a highly secure area.

“Our architects and engineers were honored to renovate this World War II-era hanger to serve the needs of today’s US Air Force and enhance mission capabilities,” said Matthew Wright, federal sector leader for American Structurepoint’s Architecture + Interiors Group.

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