Since its first aircraft hangar project more than three decades ago, Haskell has evolved into one of the world’s leading aviation, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing designer-builders, with projects spanning a wide range of industries around the globe. It’s a story of innovation, persistence and dedication to customer service.
Haskell performed its first major aerospace facility project in 1995, when it was engaged by Gulfstream Aerospace to support the rollout of the Gulfstream V in Savannah, Georgia, with the design and construction of a new model for service centers.
That successful project led to nearly a dozen more Gulfstream service centers around the world, each an evolution of the one before, with advancing technology and innovation. Haskell recently added its 16th major facility project for Gulfstream with the award of the Fort Worth, Texas, service center at Alliance Airport.
In addition to Gulfstream, Haskell has added several of the industry’s most important brands to its repeat customer list, including Boeing, Rolls Royce, SAFRAN, Spirit AeroSystems, Collins Aerospace and others.
“Success is based on the amount of repeat work we have,” said Greg Akers, Vice President of Haskell’s Aviation & Aerospace Division. “I look at the customer experience we provide, and that gets better and better.”
A significant new client, Aerion, the leader in supersonic aircraft technology, has chosen Haskell as the design-build lead for the development of Aerion Park in Melbourne, Florida. The new state-of-the-art campus will form Aerion’s global headquarters and be home to production of the AS2 business jet, the world’s first supersonic business jet.
As it has strived to meet clients’ needs, Haskell has organically expanded its knowledgebase and capabilities. Its teams progressed from building the shade and shelter portions of immense facilities to creating highly sophisticated manufacturing projects requiring exacting standards.
“With every project we’ve done, our customers have given us a little bit more scope and responsibility,” said Paul Raudenbush, Senior Vice President of Planning and Development for Haskell’s Infrastructure & Transportation delivery group.
Carbon fiber composites have become an important part of aircraft engineering for platforms such as Aerion and Gulfstream, so Haskell has developed expertise and capabilities to support those technologies as well.
“We have been designing and building advanced manufacturing facilities for decades, so supporting the composites manufacturing industry was natural for our engineers,” Raudenbush said.
Composites production facilities require clean, precise, and controlled environments to produce very light, extremely strong and reliable products.
Haskell completed its first major composites facility for Spirit AeroSystems in 2006 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and since then has completed many more projects for both aircraft and spacecraft.
The combination of Haskell’s integrated delivery capabilities and its proficiency in the construction of advanced manufacturing facilities provided entrée to the fast-growing privatized spaceflight industry. Since 2016, Haskell has worked as the design-build partner to rocket maker Blue Origin, constructing its orbital rocket manufacturing campus in Merritt Island, Florida.
Haskell’s aerospace portfolio includes design-build and EPC projects for launch sites, metallic and composite rocket components, testing facilities, payload facilities and critical missions support facilities.
Closer to earth, precision counts in the maintenance as well as the manufacture of aircraft, and a range of clients in the airline, air cargo, and governmental sectors have relied on Haskell to develop Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities that keep America’s aging fleet airworthy. In recent years, Haskell has built numerous cutting-edge package-handling facilities for a leading e-commerce giant.
And with more airports choosing design-build delivery for passenger terminal development, Haskell now is growing into that space, having secured a contract to design-build the new terminal at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.
“This is our first legitimate terminal pursuit and win. It’s big enough that it’s going to be a relevant job in the national landscape,” said Pete Kinsley, President of Haskell’s Infrastructure & Transportation Group. “The aviation space is interesting because it’s got four distinct kinds of markets: advanced manufacturing, package-handling and airplane maintenance, privatized space flight and now terminals. So, I’m really excited about the future of the aviation market.”
Update: Aerion announced on May 21, 2021, that it would cease operations. In a release, the company said, “The AS2 supersonic business jet program meets all market, technical, regulatory and sustainability requirements, and the market for a new supersonic segment of general aviation has been validated with $11.2 billion in sales backlog for the AS2. However, in the current financial environment, it has proven hugely challenging to close on the scheduled and necessary large new capital requirements to finalize the transition of the AS2 into production. Given these conditions, the Aerion Corporation is now taking the appropriate steps in consideration of this ongoing financial environment.”