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Metal expands aviation hangar

Miami-based Lemartec Engineering and Construction Corp., an authorized builder for Memphis, Tenn.-based Varco Pruden Buildings, designed and constructed a 46,000-square-foot aviation hangar facility for Miami Executive Aviation, a large Fixed Based Operator (FBO) in the Ross Aviation chain, at the Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Miami.

Miami-based Lemartec Engineering and Construction Corp., an authorized builder for Memphis, Tenn.-based Varco Pruden Buildings, designed and constructed a 46,000-square-foot aviation hangar facility for Miami Executive Aviation, a large Fixed Based Operator (FBO) in the Ross Aviation chain, at the Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Miami.

The hangar was constructed with Varco Pruden's Continuous Beam steel framing, high-wind roof and Panel Rib Wall in Cool Cobalt Blue. The building was constructed on a fast-track schedule and was fully operational in time for the aviation industry's peak season. Lemartec's utilization of Varco Pruden's pre-engineered building systems made the design speed and hangar construction possible.

Manny Garcia-Tunon, president of Lemartec, says, "This new facility is essential to the continued economic development of Miami-Dade County and is expected to have a direct, positive economic impact on the local community surrounding the airport once operations begin."

The facility features a 40,000-square-foot hangar area and a 6,000-square-foot office and support space. A Jack beam was used to create wider spacing between frame lines. Airplane access to the building is through a 28-foot-high by 253-foot-wide hangar door. The hangar can host large jets including Gulfstream Aerospace's G650 jet, the latest Gulfstream models and Bombardier Aerospace's Bombardier Global 7000 jet, which can be up to 115 feet long and have a wingspan up to 105 feet.

LED industrial lights were installed and the lighting results met or exceeded the quality of light from the traditional metal halide high-bay fixtures. A 200-horsepower fire pump system and a foam suppression system consisting of high-expansion foam generators and wet pipe closed-head sprinklers provide fire protection.

Fabio Alexander, CEO of Miami Executive Aviation, says his company is satisfied with the quality of the metal building. "This is the third metal building we have purchased and we have found the quality and design to be of the highest level in comparison to the cost," he says.

Varco Pruden Buildings, www.vp.com