Optima Engineering

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport ARFF Station

Charlotte, NC

Project Summary

Air Rescue and Fire Fighting Station constructed on airport property was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Project Highlights

  • Dual-fuel split system with variable speed supply fans and two-stage compressors
  • Ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system

This Air Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station was constructed on airport property, adjacent to a main taxiway between two major runways. The location required the building and site planning to conform to rigorous FAA and Federal Guidelines, and the design also had to adhere to Federal Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection standards. Spaces in the station include five double-loaded apparatus bays, administrative offices, a dayroom and kitchen, and sleeping quarters for crewmen. The facility also hosts training activities for National Guard weekend operations. The facility’s design includes a dual-fuel split system (high-efficiency heat pump/high-efficiency furnaces) with variable speed supply fans and two-stage compressors. The building was designed to consume 478 MWh/year of energy, with approximately 405 MWh/year of electricity. A 312KW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system was designed to be adjacent to the building, which would result in 411 MWh/year of electricity being produced, resulting in a Net Zero Energy building. Budget limitations reduced the solar PV array to 121KW, so at present time the building does not meet Net Zero energy status. As constructed, the station achieved LEED Silver certification.