Bell Helicopter Aircraft Assembly Facility
Services:Facility Assessment Master Planning Programming / Strategic Planning
Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford provided architectural services to Bell Helicopter group for a new world-class aerospace assembly facility. Built on a 14.5-acre site at Lafayette Regional Airport, the facility assembles the Bell 505 Jet ranger X-Bell’s newest commercial helicopter.
The project is an 84,427 square foot final assembly facility for Bell Helicopter’ newly introduced JRX Model 505 commercial helicopter. Within the facility, the aircraft is assembled from components which are manufactured offsite. These components include the cabin shell, engine and transmission, rotors, tail boom, and skids. All components arrive by commercial tractor/trailer truck transport for immediate assembly of the rotorcraft. The completed helicopter is test flown and FAA certified from this facility. Before delivery to the customer, the aircraft is painted and additional optional equipment installed. Customers may take delivery at the facility where they have the option to fly their new aircraft home or order crating and shipment to a certified Bell Helicopter service center for final delivery.
The building includes a public lobby and reception with conference and show rooms adjacent to the delivery center. Offices are provided for executive and management functions. A large break room with refrigerators, microwave ovens, vending machines, and large projection screen serves the 100+ assembly workers. Nearby lockers and restroom facilities are also provided. The general flow of materials through the facility includes receipt of aircraft components and supplies at the large receiving dock and staging area. From there, components are moved through the adjacent assembly room, then to pre-flight for final preparations before test flight operations. After testing and FAA certification, the aircraft proceeds through paint prep and painting, after which custom accessories are installed prior to final delivery.