Benham Designs, Engineers, and Constructs Two New, State-of-the-Art Facilities at Air Force Base | Benham | Architecture, Engineering, & Designbuild Firm

Benham Designs, Engineers, and Constructs Two New, State-of-the-Art Facilities at Air Force Base

Project Description

  • Client: 
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District
  • Location: 
    Robins Air Force Base, Georgia

Robins Air Force Base is the home to more than 60 Air Force units and employs a workforce of more than 25,584 civilians, contractors, and military members. Benham has worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District on multiple projects. Most recently, Benham finished the design, engineering, and construction of two new facilities. The contract was valued at approximately $67 million.

“We could not have been successful without the fantastic cooperation and assistance we received from the Army Corps of Engineers' Robins Air Force Base office."
– Mike Gwyn, President of Benham

The 29,000-square-foot ground support equipment (GSE) facility will house ground-based equipment including all tools and devices used to support Air Force aircraft operations. The 98,000-square-foot advanced metal finishing facility (AMFF) supports the metal plating processes for several parts of the F-15, C-130, C-17, and C-5 aircraft. The new facility uses energy-efficient materials and was designed and constructed to make working conditions safer, cleaner, and greener for base employees and the environment. Specific energy-efficient, design and construction items included:

 Maximized use of local materials
 Low-flow plumbing fixtures
 Fully insulated facility
 Energy-efficient lights and occupancy sensors
 Use of energy efficient lights and occupancy sensors
 Insulated windows with low e-glass

The AMFF also included the design, engineer, and installation of nine individual metal plating process lines. The plating process lines consist of 163 chemical process tanks, with the largest line containing 20 7,000-gallon tanks. Eight of the process lines are fully automated and will automatically move parts from one process tank to the next, reducing human exposure to the plating chemicals. The nine plating process lines include:

 Aluminum chemical milling, aluminum chromate, anodize
 Chrome plating
 Cadmium and nickel plating
 Stripping, titanium chemical milling, temper etch
 Zinc and manganese phosphate, black oxide
 Passivation and magnesium treatment
 Aluminum preparation and miscellaneous plating
 Electroless nickel and copper plating
 Chemical mill maskant

Other systems installed by Benham at the AMFF include:

 Information and communication systems
 Department of Defense (DoD) Force Protection/Anti-Terrorism Standards (UFC 4-010-01: DoD Minimum Anti-Terrorism Standards for Buildings)
 Fire alarm systems, for both wet and dry fire protections


 DBIA National Merit Award
 DBIA Southeast Region Industrial Sector Project
 DBIA Southeast Region Public Sector Project over $15 Million
 Sustained Superior Safety Performance Award

DesignBuild is a service mark of Benham in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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