State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Airports Division


RIM Architects


dck pacific construction, LLC


Honolulu, Hawaii


This design-build project is one component of the State of Hawaii’s $1.7 billion modernization of Honolulu International Airport. Hawaiian Airlines is replacing its fleet with Airbus 330s and 350s and this project consists of the design and construction of a new air cargo facility and aircraft maintenance hangar intended for lease by the airline. The building complex totals approximately 270,000 square feet of which approximately half being aircraft or cargo bay area under pre-engineered fabric-roofed galvanized steel frame structure. It also features related support shops, fleet support shops, offices and miscellaneous building support.

The Science and Design of Structural Engineering

This project presented a unique situation in that the structural and civil disciplines were required to complete 100% design before other disciplines, including architecture, thus careful coordination was essential. Structural design was also completed before final loads and anchor bolt layouts were provided by the pre-engineered fabric-roofed steel frame structure manufacturer, which required the foundations to be designed with enough flexibility to facilitate future modifications in a timely manner.

BASE also implemented four different lateral systems in three different materials: steel, tilt-up concrete, and CMU. This constituted considerable effort in coordinating connections and interfaces between the different materials.

Client Benefits

With structural design completed early, the construction manager was able to order materials early and get a jump start on construction of the project. By taking on some extra complexity in the structural design, BASE was able to better accommodate the original architectural intent for the hangar.