LEED Certification

LEED Certified Naval Hanger Achieves Incredible Feat

Hangar 511: The LEED Silver Certified Aircraft Hanger

LEED Certified Naval Hanger Achieves Incredible Feat

LEED Certified naval air stationThink about how big a football field is. Think about constructing a building three football fields long and almost one football field wide. If this weren’t challenging enough, suppose it had to have two, 450-ft-long unobstructed openings—and the building interior had to accommodate several different types of aircraft and the entire project had to be environmentally friendly. Such a project can be summed up in two words: Hangar 511, which is now a LEED certified Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

The new Hangar 511 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville is the largest hangar in the Navy’s inventory, capable of storing 33 P3-C Orions, four C-130 Hercules, and a helicopter unit. In the coming years, the hangar will be instrumental in housing the P-8 Poseidon and its 120-foot wingspan.

How It’s Unique:
Hangar 511 is one of only three hangars, military or civilian, to achieve LEED Silver certification. Schulz says HNTB fitted sections of Kalwall—a translucent, polymer panel—into the southern wall so natural light could illuminate the hangar and curb energy consumption. The designers also avoided using conventional sliding hangar doors and opted for Megadoors, which are made from fabric and pulled vertically, similar to blinds in a bedroom.

“It has, I think, the largest fabric hangar doors ever constructed,” Schulz says. “There are two of them that are 60 feet tall by 450 feet long. The truss that spans that 450 feet is 15 feet wide and 35 feet tall. Those are very interesting pieces of equipment.”

The project team that helped earn this achievement had to spend significant time learning about LEED Certification. There are so many moving parts, as well as technical details, that must be factored into such a complex building project. It’s fantastic that they were able to earn certification at the Silver level. 

We first learned about the LEED certified naval hangar in this Popular Mechanics article on unique military bases

About Lesley Cowie

Lesley has been passionately advocating for and working with green building and renewable energy since 2009. She has experience with LEED certification, home energy auditing, blower door testing, solar energy, and more. She holds many certifications, including LEED Green Associate and NABCEP Certification. Her work has won numerous awards over the past decade.

4 replies on “LEED Certified Naval Hanger Achieves Incredible Feat”

  1. LEED Certified Naval Hanger

    As a component supplier at the “other” Jacksonville (NC)base (Camp LeJeune) I can appreciate LEED certifications and what it entails to qualify for them. Namely lots of documentation.It is unbeliveable to me the use of the fabric hangar doors. Congrads on a great job well done.

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  3. LEED Steel Buildings

    It’s amazing that a building that large can be LEED certified. What an impressive building.

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