U.S. Navy Jacksonville Hangar

Jacksonville, Florida

Largest active Navy hangar in the United States

As the prime design firm on a design-build team, HNTB led the design of this new 277,000-SF facility, which is the largest active Navy hangar in the United States and the Navy’s first LEED Silver certified hangar. Recipient of a NAVFAC Merit Award for Design Management, the facility provides 140,000 SF of office space and a 137,000-SF aircraft maintenance hangar. Due to mission critical squadron needs, the facility also provides interior portions of the building meeting SCIF requirements. Additional components include a 128,000-SY aircraft parking apron/taxiway and 46,000-SY privately owned vehicle parking with associated site/utility improvements such as road realignment, a new traffic/transportation plan, relocation of retention ponds and stormwater services.

The exterior architectural design of the hangar is reminiscent of historical 1940s structures at Jacksonville NAS and was carefully developed given its close proximity to the air station’s main entrance gate. Six innovative “lantern” structures on the roof provide a distinct architectural design element to break up the building’s large scale and also brace the expansive roof, stabilizing the entire structure against hurricane winds of up to 120 MPH. The lanterns also allow natural light to filter into each of the six squadron areas of the hangar interior and help reduce energy costs.