With the introduction of the new F-35 fighter aircraft to their fleet, MCAS Cherry Point had a need for a state-of-the-art facility to prep and paint the aircraft. This project consisted of a new self-supporting paint booth constructed inside of an existing hangar, as well as utility service upgrades to the facility. Because of its size, the booth can also accommodate other Marine Corps aircrafts, such as the V-22 Osprey and the CH-53K Helicopter. The project required extensive coordination efforts, as construction took place directly adjacent to the Cherry Point airstrip/access runways.
TYPES OF AIRCRAFTS
The booth requires accurate control of humidity, temperature, lighting and air quality, which are critical to proper curing in aviation coatings. The facility includes four equipment are that house medical breathing air, tool air, vacuum air and water for 440 volts of power. In all, up to 16 workers can operate on a single aircraft, which increases efficiency and production while decreasing exposure. Air flow requirements were met with two 200-ton chillers and two 100% outside-air units based on 24,000 CFM per unit. Additional work associated with this project included new electrical services to support the power needs of the booth.
Whiting-Turner’s in-house VDC group scanned the existing hangar and provided the dimensions to our designer to maximize the use of the existing space. As a result of careful coordination with the design team, we were able to install the completely self-supported structure within four inches of the existing structure. This ensured that all three types of aircrafts could utilize this paint booth.