Helicopter Maintenance Hangar, Naval Air Station North Island

FSB creates a special helicopter maintenance hangar celebrating NASNI’s rich heritage.

Unequaled in operational scope and complexity, Naval Base Coronado (NBC) provides a shore-based platform for delivering and directing base operating support programs and services that exceed customer expectations and contribute to the operational readiness of ashore and afloat commands. As a component of NBC, Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) is the home port of several United States Navy aircraft carriers and part of the Navy’s largest aerospace-industrial complex.

Challenged to design a new three-bay helicopter maintenance hangar with supporting shops and administrative spaces, our team pulled design inspiration from the rich aviation heritage of NASNI and the visual proximity to the City of San Diego.

Reflecting NASNI’s history as the “birthplace of naval aviation,” FSB’s design celebrates the individual expression of each of the three separate carrier-based active duty squadrons. The hangar front expresses each individual squadron through the use of sculptural “eyebrows” above each hangar door. These aviation-derived accent forms enhance the inward view from the harbor side while providing a place to locate apron lighting and display squadron insignias. The structural design provided maximum flexibility and efficiency for the individual squadron aircraft servicing bays by creating a 630’-wide hangar bay with virtually no obstruction at floor level. Building forms, orientation and materials were selected for their cost-effectiveness, durability, maintainability and sustainability.

This project was an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) prototype, one of two test projects for the U.S. Navy.

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Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, CA


U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest District | U.S. Navy


112,063 SF


"I appreciate your diligence in reaching a stretch goal under less than ideal circumstances (e.g. budget cuts and late ECI), and I am very impressed with how you brought it all together regardless. The facility will improve day-to-day readiness and mission execution, as well as inspire and enhance sailors’ morale. In the Navy we use the 'BRAVO ZULU' naval signal, typically conveyed by a flag hoist or radio, meaning 'Well Done' — you and your team certainly deserve a big BRAVO ZULU!"

Andy J. Schulman, NAVFAC HQ, Washington Navy Yard
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