The Korte Company was awarded the F-35 Maintenance Hangar, located at Luke Air Force Base. As part of the overall Joint Strike Fighter Program complex, the new hangar has been assigned to facilitate maintenance operations for the F-35 Lightning II jets.
Luke Air Force Base officially changed its mission to include training for the F-35’s, and by 2024 Luke AFB plans to house 144 of the F-35 aircraft. In addition to the new planes, Luke will also host pilots from around the world, marking a new era for the base, which was originally commissioned in 1941.
The 18,740-square-foot facility features a drive-thru, four-position aircraft maintenance bay for F-35 aircraft. Additional spaces include a tool room, break room, toilet rooms and a janitor closet. Mechanical, electrical, fire protection and communication equipment will also be included.
The building design further establishes a public presence along Fighter Country Avenue by clearly defining pedestrian and vehicular entry points for circulation/life safety. Through the appropriate use of massing, materials, detailing and colors, the facility will complement the natural landscape and existing built-up environment.
Throughout the process, the design concept and approach will comply with the most current regulations, standards and codes as well as adhering to the Luke AFB Architectural Compatibility Guide.