US contractor to design-build Saudi air base unit

Gilbane Federal secures $166m order for training and maintenance facility for F-15SA aircraft

An F-15SA plane
An F-15SA plane

US-based contracting company Gilbane has been appointed for a $166m design-build construction project at King Khalid Air Base for the Royal Saudi Air Force by the US Department of Defense.

The work will see a new Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre built as a joint effort between the US Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force to support the modernisation of a fleet of F-15SA aircraft that are present at the base. The work will see some new facilities built, others renovated and more demolished, with accompanying infrastructure upgrades.

It also includes construction of a King Khalid Training Centre, which will provide both theoretical and practical training for aircraft maintenance engineers and a new avionics facility.

Buildings will include an academic wing, a one-storey auditorium, a maintenance hangar, a HQ/administration building, four dormitories and a dining hall for up to 700 people. There will also be presentation rooms, a mosque, student centre, a library and other utilities.

Sarabjit Singh, president of Gilbane's Federal wing targeting government projects, said: "I am pleased that the Air Force has selected Gilbane for this important contract. The Air Force is one of our most valued clients and we look forward to a continued partnership with them worldwide."


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