Limited Army Aviation Support Facility
This facility, located at the Gary/Chicago International Airport in Gary, Indiana, was the first of three phases in a $25.5 million, federally funded project “intended to enhance the Indiana National Guard’s ability to successfully perform its missions, from fighting world-wide terrorism to providing support in time of natural and manmade disasters to the citizens of Indiana.” One of the major challenges was to adhere to the FAA’s building height limitation requirements while considering the minimum height required by the Indiana National Guard’s aviation equipment. Due to these constraints, the hangar structure was limited to a total height of 13’4”. This facility houses a building that services three aviation units, utilizing three UH-60 Blackhawks and two 0H-58 Kiowa helicopters. The hangar portion of the facility comprises three heated maintenance bays and two unheated aircraft storage bays. The adjoining office area houses administrative areas, an aviation life support equipment shop, lockers, restrooms, and training areas.
– Sustainable Design, Army SPiRiT Rating System