Aviation & Technical Training Center|
9131 Anson Way, Raleigh, NC 27615
Currituck, North Carolina
Date Bid: Jan 2012 Construction Period: Mar 2012 to Mar
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
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
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
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.
Building Envelope: Lee Brick, General Shale Brick, Dryvit, Fabral,
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
Doors: Overhead Doors