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  Regional Aviation & Technical Training CenterRegional Aviation & Technical Training Center


Boomerang DESIGN
9131 Anson Way, Raleigh, NC 27615

General Description

Location: Currituck, North Carolina
Date Bid: Jan 2012 Construction Period: Mar 2012 to Mar 2013
Total Square Feet: 39,930 Site: 6.53 acres.
Number of Buildings: Main building: 4 classrooms, 9 labs,
1 library; 1 storage building.
Building Sizes: Main building, 36,003; Storage building, 3,927; total, 39,930 square feet.
Building Height: Main building, 38’ 10”; Storage building, 17’ 10”; total, 38’ 10”.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall.
Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage: KBTU/SF/yr: 29

Project Team

Structural Engineer: LHC Structural Engineers, P.C. - 1331 Sunday Drive, #121, Raleigh, NC 27607
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Cherwa Ewing, P.C. - 600 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Design Builder: Sussex Development Corp. - 109 S. Lynnhaven Road, #200, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

The Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center is situated in a 600+/-acre business and industrial park in Currituck County and adjacent to the Currituck County Regional Airport. Certified by the FAA in August 2013, the center has begun offering two modules of the FAA part 147 Airframe and Power Plant curriculum. In addition, students are trained in machining, mechanical drafting, composites, avionics, sheet metal and alternative energy courses. The 4,000-square-foot machining lab is equipped with cutting edge production equipment, including large 3D printers, mills, presses, and water jet cutters, as well as a 5-axis CNC machine. The COA Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center is one of the first schools in the United States to run an entire overhaul facility. The Aviation Center has set a new model for colleges and industries across the country who visit it to see is unique program, collaboration of programs, and its focus on student-centered active learning environments.

Unlike any other in the country, the entire facility was designed as a hangar enabling the design team to capitalize on creating opportunities for transparency throughout the building. Glass walls between the hangar, avionics lab and entrance lobby provide immediate visual contact of the programs inside the facility the moment you walk in the door. As you move through the building, additional glass walls between the architectural technology lab and the flex lab provide an understanding of the skilled training going on each day. The glass walls serve two functions – first and foremost, to spark interest among students and visitors to take courses at the center, but also to provide borrowed natural light into what are normally dark lab spaces.

Supporting all programs are four very unique classroom spaces designed to foster a new way of learning. No longer are students lined up at tables in rows facing an instructional wall; all students are working in a team environment in each classroom. In addition, one classroom has been set up as an active learning environment modeling the SCALE-UP program (student centered active learning environment for undergraduate programs).

Materials in the building were selected with sustainability in mind. Antimicrobial sheet vinyl flooring in the corridors and classrooms provide a low maintenance solution with the added benefit of reducing sound transmission from space to space. Floors in the hangar and shop spaces are sealed concrete, and other finishes are low voc green products. LED, T5 and T8 lighting fixtures are mixed throughout the facility to balance energy efficiency with the appropriate lighting for each room's focus. Selected plumbing fixtures reduce overall water consumption and include 1.6 gpf water closets and 1.0 gpf urinals.

The Security for the facility is critical given the type of equipment at hand, as well as the access to the apron connecting the center to the airport. Cameras are located throughout the site and the building; however, they are carefully located to ensure that the building does not feel like a fortress.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Lee Brick, General Shale Brick, Dryvit, Fabral, Pioneer
Flooring: Daltile, Armstrong, Flexco, Mannington
Interior: CertainTeed, Formica, Graham, Armstrong, Sherwin Williams, Claridge, Scranton, In Pro, Penco, Big Ass Fans
Roofing: Fabral, Sur-Flex PVC
Entrances & Storefronts, Curtain Wall, Windows: Kawneer
Glass: PPG
Doors: Overhead Doors
Lighting: Lithonia

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