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Army Aviation Support Facility
This Isn't Your Grandfather's Hangar
The Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) in Helena is one of the largest Montana National Guard projects in history and serves as the headquarters for the Guard’s helicopter fleet.
This multi-phase project included the original facility and two expansions. The AASF base is a facility of complex storage and maintenance hangars, high-tech service shops, offices, classrooms, and training facilities.
Helping Provide a Lift to Montana's Soldiers
Among the many state-of-the-art systems incorporated into the design are multiple fire suppression systems, infra-red heating and reclamation in the hangars, fully computerized parts cataloging, six different electrical service types, and computerized hangar service stations.
The facility encompasses more than 118,000 sq. ft. of building area, a 50,000-gallon fuel farm, and 20 developed acres for storage, auto and helicopter parking, and circulation space.
Evolving as Needs Change
SMA was selected to design the original facility in 1992 and again chosen to expand the AASF’s existing facility for their addition of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter fleet. The phase 1 development added 24,000 sq. ft. of hangar space for servicing the CH-47, relocating 1 bay of the existing cold storage hangar, creating more efficient storage areas, and increasing the overall number of high-tech allied shops.
The AASF Phase 2 enlarged the facility by approximately 12,000 sq. ft. Phase 2 provided additional allied shops, a state-of-the-art exercise / fitness area, additional administrative space, larger training facilities, and more space for personnel gear, supplies, storage, and distribution of military equipment.
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