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Army Aviation Support Facility


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Helena, MT

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118,000 sf


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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