Kankakee Illinois National Guard Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility Moves Forward
This spring, the new 185,000 sq. ft. Illinois National Guard Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) in Kankakee, Illinois, is moving forward into the bidding phase, with ground breaking scheduled for this fall.
Elements of this property will include a two-story readiness center / aviation support facility, helicopter maintenance hangar and a storage hangar.
“This project is unique because it involves and is funded by users at both the Federal and State levels of government,” said Bailey Edward’s Ellen Bailey Dickson. “In addition, the site is adjacent to the Greater Kankakee Airport, an existing greenfield site, which has helped us design to LEED Gold.”
The Readiness Center’s classroom and conference spaces will offer flexibility for the National Guard battalions. A communal gathering space affords the facility’s three units, the 935th, B106 and Medivac, opportunities to build camaraderie. On the Center’s second floor, the medical exam area incorporates considerations for efficient flow and patient privacy.
The AASF’s hangar will be equipped with aircraft maintenance features such as a 10-ton travelling bridge crane and 109 ft wide x 20 ft tall tilt-up canopy doors. Quality of light in the hangar space for effective detailed maintenance tasks will be achieved through skylights and the use of a highly reflective finish on the hangar floor which reflects light to the underside of an aircraft.
The AASF’s tactical operations building will be used to plan missions and monitor air traffic and weather. It will be equipped with large monitors strategically located to provide visual oversight of the apron.
“The legacy of the project will be its economic impact on the Kankakee area and the state of Illinois which will benefit from the redevelopment of the area by the new project and by the people using and being served by the military both locally and nationally,” said Leonard Debickero, Bailey Edward Project Manager.