Largest SkyWest Hangar – Nucor Building System Clear Span

Largest SkyWest Hangar – Nucor Building System Clear Span


SkyWest Airlines, which flies out of all major Idaho airports, will add an airplane maintenance facility at an existing Jackson Jet Center hangar at the Boise Airport and will decide by the end of the summer whether to add a larger facility in Boise.

The was the first line of the Idaho Business Review on June 16, 2014.

Kemp Construction - Boise Idaho Nucor CFR Standing Seam Roof

SkyWest, headquartered in St. George, Utah, is a leading air service provider, and partner to some of the world’s largest network carriers including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines.

With a fleet of 346 aircraft, and a team of more than 10,500 aviation professionals, SkyWest operates approximately 1,900 flights each day to nearly 200 destinations throughout North America.

In September of 2014, SkyWest announced its intention to build a new aircraft maintenance facility at the municipally-owned Boise Airport in Boise, Idaho.
The $20 million project, which qualified for a $1.3 million Tax Reimbursement Incentive from the state of Idaho, consists of 100,000 sq. ft. of hangar space with 35,000 sq. ft. of office space.

Big D Builders, an Authorized Nucor Builder, worked closely with the City of Boise and SkyWest to assess customer needs and design a solution that meets expectations.

Boise Airport - Nucor Building System Press ReleaseAccording to a press release issued by Sean Briggs, Boise Idaho Airport Marketing Manager, and published on the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce website:

When the project is fully staffed, the economic impact to the state of Idaho will include new total wages in excess of $5.4 million a year and new sales and income tax revenues for the state of approximately $350,000 a year. The projected average annual wage is $52,000, well above the average in Ada County.

With a required clear span of nearly 400′, Nucor’s TrussFrame open web rafter system was a perfect fit for the SkyWest project.

Production began in July of 2014 at Nucor Building Systems’ Utah division.

The hangar boasts a clear span width of 362′ 4″ – the largest span in the Pacific Northwest region in a pre-engineered metal building – and is 365′ in depth. Its TrussFrame rafters, fabricated by Vulcraft, are 15′ deep, allowing for integrated mechanical, electrical, and sprinkler systems, as well as unimpeded overhead clearance of 62′.

The solid web columns supporting the TrussFrame rafter system are an imposing 10′ in depth.

Nucor Building Systems worked with hangar door manufacturer Norco to integrate their product seamlessly with the Nucor building, and meet the needs of the customer.

Kemp Construction - Boise Idaho Nucor Reverse Classic Wall System - 3D hanger videoThe building’s exterior is finished with Nucor’s CFR™ standing seam roof panels, and Nucor Reverse Classic™ wall panels.

In all, 1100 tons of Nucor steel went into the fabrication and construction of the SkyWest Hangar at Boise Airport.

The entire building project took less than sixteen months from concept to completion.

SkyWest took delivery of the finished maintenance facility at its grand opening ceremony on August 24, 2015, a mere ten months after breaking ground at the Boise Airport.

Boise Mayor David Bieter said,

…In just 16 months, this project went from idea to ribbon cutting and I couldn’t be more proud of the partners who worked to pull it together. Bringing high paying jobs like those at this facility is one way we are working to make Boise the most livable city in the country.

Those in attendance at the opening included SkyWest’s Operations Manager, Mayor David Bieter of Boise, and Idaho Governor Butch Otter.

Marisa Snow, SkyWest Airport Director wrote on the Boise Airport website — “McAlvain Construction broke ground last October, completing the project in less than a year. The hangar is the largest pre-manufactured clear-span metal building in the Pacific Northwest.”

McAlvin touted the same on its website: “Earlier in 2014, SkyWest Airlines issued an RFQ to design/build contractors for its new Aircraft Maintenance Hangar to be constructed here in Boise, Idaho.” …

Similar to Kemp Construction’s approach, and for that matter every authorized Nucor Building System contractor — McAlvin goes on, … “During the proposal stage of this design/build project, a preliminary estimate was created based on a single sketch of a floor plan.  With a multiple array of projects in McAlvain’s past experience, we were able to successfully and confidently present a realistic budget with little more than a concept.  With the design phase at its end, we have proven this original budget was realistic and have been able to add scope and value engineering opportunities.”

The project has garnered some local media. The awesome custom Nucor Building System frame facility has been featured by Boise Weekly and discuss SkyScraper Forum.

SkyWest Media

“We’re excited to have a new, state-of-the-art facility in Boise to help us keep our fleet in top condition,” said Bill Dykes, SkyWest’s Vice President of Maintenance.

If you of a larger or small airport manager in and around the Michiana region, and you are looking for metal building contractor to something similar using the Nucor Building System, please let Kemp Construction know.


One thought on “Largest SkyWest Hangar – Nucor Building System Clear Span

  1. I’m no engineer, but I think it’s pretty cool with the kinds of things that we can build. I was surprised that it tool less than 16 months to build. I thought it would take a lot longer. I think even my parents house took longer than that!

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