Spirit AeroSystems Composite Center
Kinston, North Carolina, USA
When Spirit AeroSystems tapped Haskell to create a facility in which they would manufacture massive structural composite aircraft components for the Airbus A-350, key project details were still under development. One variable that was already clear? This 625,000-square-foot facility would house one of the world’s biggest autoclave units.
Along with the autoclave, the LEED certified plant would hold two clean rooms totaling 170,000 square feet, all cleaned and cooled by more than 3,000 tons of chillers, cooling towers and humidification systems. The structural framed building and its insulated metal panel envelope were fully environmentally controlled and required extensive plumbing, gas and electrical requirements.
Integrated design-build delivery allowed design and construction teams to meet known and emergent requirements, maintain aggressive schedules and restrain the project budget. The well-planned structure would also easily support future expansions.
Haskell continually showed innovation in approach and design to minimize cost and accelerate schedule. In dealing with emergent requirements, Haskell displayed a “find a way” attitude to meet these demands.Ron Redford Facilities Senior Manager, Spirit AeroSystems