- $35.5 million HVAC Design Assist Contract
- 680,000 square foot Laboratory and Research Facility
- BSL-3 Laboratory, Custom Welded Stainless Steel Exhaust, Laboratory grade piping
The construction of the Wright Patterson Air Force Base's new 711th Human Performance Wing in Dayton, Ohio is the largest military base construction effort undertaken since World War II. The $194.5 million contract is also the largest single construction contract award in the Louisville District's history. For the first time, this complex allows the consolidation of research, consultation, and education in the field of human-centric warfare under one roof. As Major General Curtis M. Bedke, the Air Force Research Laboratory commander, puts it, the wing provides "a rare opportunity to consolidate, reorganize and revitalize one of the finest labs in the world for human performance research and aerospace medicine."
The Kirk Williams Company was awarded a $35 million Design Assist contract to fabricate and install the complex HVAC and plumbing for the new wing. An onsite fabrication plant was manufactured to efficiently meet the tight 2 1/2 year schedule. The building will consist of almost 30 miles of piping and plumbing, including 26,000 feet of medical gas and laboratory grade piping. This project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and intends to pursue certification under USGBC's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.