Kyle Goodyear

Construction Management

C-5 Fuel Cell Facility

Martinsburg, WV

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Project Team

Owner: 167th Airlift Wing, WV Air National Guard

General Contractor: Kinsley Construction, Inc.

Architect: LSC Design

Civil Engineer: Greenway Engineering

Structural, MEP Engineer: TranSystems

Fire Protection: Hughes Associates, Inc.

Geotechnical: Triad Engineering


General Building Data

            Building Name: C-5 Fuel Cell Facility
            Location: Martinsburg, WV
            Building Occupant: 167th Airlift Wing, WV Air National Guard
            Occupancy/Function: Hangar and Maintenance Building for C-5 Aircraft
            Size: 78,825 SF
            Number of Stories: 1

            Dates of Construction: October 8, 2008 – May 31, 2010
            Overall Project Cost after Buyout: $27 Million         
            Project Delivery Method: Design-Build


This project is primarily a functional building and does not display many outstanding aesthetic features. However, the occupant is still interested in a quality product; there are currently two similar hangars already constructed nearby, and the Contracting Officer has specifically pointed out the features in each of those that he is displeased with and hopes to have remedied for the Fuel Cell Facility. The hangar features an extremely large door assembly on the Southeast façade which opens to the taxiway of the existing airport. Within the hangar there are adjoining offices and support rooms to the Northwest which will be primarily divided with CMU partition walls.



- IBC 2006

- Federal Aviation Agency

- Unified Facilities Criteria: Dept. of Def. Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings


The project is located on Federal property and is therefore not subject to any zoning requirements. Berkeley County, West Virginia, the municipality in which the project is located does not have any type of zoning requirements either.


Historical Requirements
There are no historical requirements for the project, as it is not located within a historical district, and it is new construction so it is not a historical structure.


Building Enclosure
Building Façades: The exterior of the Fuel Cell Facility consists of courses of split-face CMU for the first 10’ above finished floor level with an accent course at approximately 3’ above finished floor, and insulated metal panels for the majority of the remainder of the wall areas. As mentioned previously, the Southeast face of the building is taken up mainly by the door assembly which is a polyester material. Insulated translucent sandwich panels are the means by which natural light enters the structure.

Roofing: A standing seam metal roof system is used for this building, attached to 3.3” of rigid roof insulation which is fastened to 1.5” metal deck.


In the bidding stages of this project, there was an option to obtain LEED-NC Silver certification. However, this bid option was not selected, so sustainable features are minimal.


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