Air Freight Terminal and Base Supply Building

Combining the multiple cargo needs of two major operations into a single one-story warehouse facility resulted in what is now considered one of the top U.S. Air Force facilities in the country. This design-build project developed a new warehouse facility, strategically configured to maximize efficiency and allow visibility between major program and function areas.

The new single-story facility provides a centrally located freight processing area with air freight terminal and base supply operations distinctly arranged around the building. The flightline supply requirements, consisting of low-bay administrative functions and high-bay warehouse functions, are arranged to maximize functional efficiencies. The facility incorporates ramps, truck docks, pallet pits and cargo staging areas for the air freight terminal.

Attached to the flightline side of the building, a mechanized material handling system (MMHS) provides shelving and automated delivery of pallets via a system of roller conveyors. An exterior ramp and dock are also located on the flightline side of the facility as well as administrative space, bulk storage, high-density shelving, parts pick-up and delivery areas for base supply operations.

An interior ramp with a rolling door provides controlled access between air freight terminal and base supply operations. Storefront entrance elements with canopies and enhanced landscaping are also provided to distinguish between the two functional areas. Natural light is utilized throughout the facility to boost its aesthetics and energy efficiency while bringing it in compliance with LEED certification rules.

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JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District | U.S. Air Force


118,156 SF


“We are extremely pleased with this project at McGuire Air Force Base, especially given the constraints of the MILCON program. It is a first-class facility with minimal issues and considered among many to be one of the top facilities in the USAF, particularly in facilities of comparable size.”

David E. Lamphere, Air Terminal Manager, 305th Aerial Port Squadron - AMC
primary users: Air Freight Terminal and Base Supply
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