New Simulator Supports P-8A Poseidon Aircrew Training
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Client: NAVFAC NW
Location: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor Washington

NAS Whidbey Island (NASWI) is currently transitioning its Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft platform from the P-3 Orion to the P-8A Poseidon. A requirement for the platform transition was the design-build execution of a two-story, 95,321 square foot facility designed to house 19 flight simulators. This multi-use facility will support several functions, including pilot training and analyzation of aircraft reaction to external and environmental factors.

Eight of the simulators will be Operational Flight Trainers (OFT), and seven will be Weapons Tactics Trainers (WTT). When used together, these simulators form a weapons systems trainer for full aircrew mission training. The facility also features a Part Task Trainer (PTT) simulator, Special Access Program (SAPF), and a cockpit trainer (CPT).

Design-build contractor Korte Construction chose POWER Engineers (POWER) as its lead design firm for the project, which required extensive collaboration with technical staff from the Boeing Company, the NAVFAC NW management team, and key members of the base command to provide design quality control management and architectural design services for this new facility. Our scope included comprehensive interior design (CID) and LEED AP services.

Located on a particularly congested site with vehicular access on all sides of the building, the design met the strict requirements of the AT/FP standards while meeting the operational demands of the facility. The incorporation of the SAPF and SCIF components required extensive coordination with the Boeing Company and NAVFAC HQ command staff in charge of the P-8A program roll out, and added a level of complexity to this project. Originally, the project award included an eighth simulator bay, which was removed after the 30% design submission. The design team accomplished this owner-requested change order with no net impact to the overall project schedule.

As the Architectural Designer of Record (A-DOR) and DQCM, POWER provided and managed the architectural and Comprehensive Interior Design (CID) services while managing the civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and acoustical engineering design subconsultants. The design and construction of this facility meets all current codes and design standards related to seismic design, anti-terrorism/force protection (AT/FP), LEED Silver-qualifying energy codes, and acoustical engineering related to occupied spaces along the controlled flight lines. Services include design drawings completed in Building Information Modeling (BIM), three-part specifications, construction administration, close-out/as-built drawings, and completion of the DD1354.

This project received the SAME Seattle and Tacoma Posts’ Large Business Silver Design Excellence Award.