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Aviation Technical Services (ATS)

The Aviation Technical Services (ATS) project required relocation of the Components repair and remanufacturing division from Hangar 1 at Paine Field which was shared with Boeing into a 65,000 SF space at LBA Realty’s Everett Airport Center. The original Hangar 1 location had 15+ divisions of the Components operations spread between two floors. The divisions were arranged within a single space with approximately 60,000 SF of floor space on the first floor and another 5,000 SF of administrative operations on a mezzanine structure.

The various proprietary and performance specific equipment and tooling served functions among multiple shop divisions from electrical testing, hydraulic testing and remanufacturing, sheet metal, milling, multiple cleaning areas, general FAA testing, finishing, shipping & receiving, etc. Each shop required a different degree of mechanical system needs and environmental factors. Shop functions evaluated by ATS, the design team, MEP subcontractors and MRJ Constructors for intentions of use and environmental factors which required respective equipment, storage, access and operational flow surveys. Numerous larger pieces of equipment required unit specific structural, fire alarm, fire sprinkler, wastewater pumping, data, HVAC, etc. which all must be cross checked for compatibility of function and design.

Major project challenges included design procurement/permitting, material procurement, and equipment lead times to meet the 19-week project schedule. A significant amount of resources was dedicated to equipment surveys, confirmations of new equipment MEP requirements and phasing of construction completion to allow for an efficient relocation of the ATS operations from their previous facility. MRJ coordinated with multiple outside vendors, equipment suppliers, movers, and IT departments to ensure a full-scale involvement encompassing the design and project delivery.

Several US government agencies (FAA, EPA), Asian aviation authorities, Canadian aviation authorities, including multiple private firms (Boeing, Southwest Airlines, etc.) were required to inspect and approve of the new facility prior to authorization to perform business operations. The successful inspections and carefully orchestrated relocation of the active operations was a complete success due to proper management of construction resources, schedule and execution of inspections. The successful execution of the construction, schedule management and relocation of the operations minimized the down time of ATS’s Components operations minimizing any lost revenues due to production down times.

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