Tensile structure specialist, Rubb Buildings, has expanded the hangar and air cargo capacity at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) in Hawaii.
Over the years, the popularity of Hawaii has grown exponentially, as people flock to this picture-perfect holiday destination. Clearly, the airport needed to adapt to these changes.
Due to space and growth constraints, Hawaiian Airlines, the State of Hawaii and HNL needed an experienced specialist in the field to undertake the work. Because of their global experience, Rubb was chosen after a visit to Rubb USA’s air cargo facility.
MCA Architects in Portland, Oregon, created the design for the building, which had a number of factors to consider including cargo, parts warehousing and aircraft maintenance. It also had to have space for ground equipment maintenance, offices, training classrooms and a number of other facilities.
Once designed, Rubb was then tasked with making the vision a reality. As well as the special requirements, the team also had to take into consideration Hawaii’s challenging natural environment, as well as corrosive marine factors. They also needed to combat high winds, rain and UV exposure, while handling the shallow coral base of the site.
Rubb was able to use cutting-edge technology alongside traditional construction methods. The result was a corrosion resistant framework complete with quality, non-corrosive PVC cladding that is designed to allow natural light to enter while reflecting solar load.
The project was a great success, helping to consolidate Hawaiian Airlines’ existing operations. If required in the future, the hangar can be easily extended, further meeting the needs of this popular destination.