Duncan Aviation breaks ground on US$70m Utah maintenance facility

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Duncan Aviation has begun construction on a new US$70m business aircraft maintenance, modifications and paint complex in Provo, Utah, in the USA. The company will add nearly 275,000ft² of buildings, with a 222,000ft² maintenance and modifications center and a 53,000ft² paint facility.

The facility will have large hangar spaces, a backshop and an office space. The new paint structure will also have the latest down-draft air flow technology, including automatic monitoring and alarms. To increase efficiency, the paint hangar is designed to accommodate multiple aircraft at once, utilizing a two-zone airflow system. With this design, Duncan Aviation paint teams can perform stripping, sanding, painting and detail work on multiple aircraft simultaneously.

The facility is being built by Tectonic Management Group, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Bill Prochazka, chief operating officer of Duncan Aviation’s Provo location, which opened in 2010, said, “We have started installing Geopiers, which are deep stabilization piers, and will soon begin pouring footings and foundations. If the early winter weather cooperates with those two items, we could be putting up steel this winter.”

Kevin Larson, architect for Tectonic, commented, “Tectonic is proud to continue the tradition of designing and building world-class business jet service centers for Duncan Aviation. Over the last 18 years, we have completed more than 20 major projects for Duncan Aviation and are excited to be leading the design and construction for this new facility in Provo.

“Provo will be different from other projects in that it is a complete, greenfield project and there is a great deal of site development coordination with the city. We have years of accumulated experience working with Duncan Aviation and have applied that experience to the design of this facility, creating a unique architectural customer experience. We are excited to provide Duncan Aviation and its customers with an efficient, state-of-the-art aviation campus.”

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