FSB team’s creative, problem-solving design will help resolve GSE maintenance issues.
This project will create a ground services equipment (GSE) building attached to Hangar 9 at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The building is needed to handle the increased volume of equipment to be serviced, following the merger of American Airlines with U.S. Airways.
Working within the limitations of a tight space with very little construction access, plus many nearby underground utilities, the FSB team produced an innovative two-level design which provides the necessary amenities and additional space to service the airline’s tugs, ground cars and all other non-aircraft-related equipment. With space at the airport at a premium, the new 50’-wide building, with 11,000 total SF, is uniquely designed around and on top of an existing metal shop and triturator (waste disposal unit). The design allows the triturator to be left intact and functioning throughout construction, although its main access port will be relocated.
The first floor of the new GSE building features six bays — one designated as a wash bay — with lifts that can accommodate equipment up to 30 tons. The second mezzanine floor directly connects with Hangar 9 and contains mechanical, electrical and communications maintenance shops.
Scheduled for completion in early 2018, the facility will feature brick exterior walls with metal trim and translucent cantilevered paneling which tie it aesthetically to the existing hangar. Because of its proximity to the latter, 6” expansion joints were used in construction to compensate for normal movement between the two buildings. Custom-designed fire protection systems will be put in place, sufficient to provide employees with up to an hour to evacuate the building in case of fire.
The top floor includes administrative space, offices, work stations, a conference room and an employee break room.