A Turnaround for Hangar Design

by James O'Kon, President; O'Kon & Co., Atlanta, GA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 5, Pg. 52-55

Document Type: Feature article


As the military's airplanes get larger and budgets get tighter, building hangars becomes more of a challenge. But by giving conventional rectangular hangar shapes a 90 degree twist, O'Kon & Co., Atlanta, are finding they can house some of the services' largest aircraft. The hybrid-shaped hangars they are designing generally have a truncated diamond floor plan and sloped roofs that reduce both the building's footprint and it's life cycle costs. The reduced area results in reduced materials use, as well. At Travis Air Force Base, near California's San Andreas fault, O'Kon's new hangar is so light- weight that its ability to withstand seismic forces is actually secondary to its ability to stand up to high winds.

Subject Headings: Building design | Aircraft and spacecraft | Wind engineering | Slopes | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Roofs

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