NOAA Aircraft Operations Center

This exciting project with the City of Lakeland and Lakeland Linder International Airport for the NOAA Hurricane Hunters Facility was a fast track project, completed in just 5 ½ months.  The 58,000 SF Tilt Wall Hanger has a clear height of 47’ and a 206’ clear span truss system. The trusses are 206’ long and weigh approximately 30,000 lbs each.  The tilt wall panels are 62′ tall and range from 215,000–240,000 lbs.  The hangar includes 34,000 SF of dedicated office and laboratory space, with an additional 13,000 SF for aircraft repairs and storage. This massive hanger can easily fit all nine of the Aircraft Operation Center’s aircraft at once, including the three used by Hurricane Hunters.

This project also includes a 255,000 gallon water tank, known as the “Blue Monster”, which is needed to support emergency fire suppression demands and is capable of releasing 5,800 gallons of water per minute.