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Camp Pendleton aviation training complex wins design awards

Camp Pendleton's 130,000-square-foot Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Complex has been recognized for its engineering and design in the annual awards program of the San Diego Chapter of the Structural Engineers Association of California.

Built by general contractor Harper Construction Co., the $45 million design-build project was awarded the organization's 2014 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award and its People’s Choice Award. The project, built for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, is a new training complex for Huey and Cobra helicopter operations and maintenance.

The architect of record for the project was Cass Sowatsky Consulting Architects of San Diego.

SMR-ISD Consulting Structural Engineers Inc. received the awards in recognition of the "innovative solutions" developed for the design, which includes a hangar bay, an administrative building and a parking structure.

According to a release from SMR-ISD, the primary design challenge was developing a structural system for two large areas that needed to be column-free -- the hangar bay for the helicopters and a large auditorium used for training purposes. SMR-ISD Consulting Structural Engineers said it found a solution in designing horizontal truss systems to provide the needed structural support without columns.

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