S&B James Construction, an American Buildings Company (ABC) authorized Builder, reconstructed a new campus for Mercy Flights, Inc., a local non-profit organization. Located at the Rouge Valley International-Medford (Oregon) Airport, the new campus combines an ambulance dispatch and training building with an aircraft and ground ambulance maintenance shop and parking.
“This project demonstrates the versatility metal buildings have when used properly,” said Ed Bittle, project manager at S&B James Construction. “And it was great to work for a customer who is dedicated to providing a valuable service like emergency transportation at a reasonable cost to the community.”
The newly built aircraft hangar utilizes an ABC Rigid Frame system with Standing Seam 360 roof and insulated wall panels. The structure was designed to meet Essential Facility standards due to the facility’s location in a seismic zone.
“Meeting the proper standards for the seismic zone was essential,” said Bittle. “ABC was able to provide us with the appropriate products that were a perfect fit the first time.”
Together, S&B James Construction and ABC were able to construct three hangar doors that open nearly 60 feet wide and 28 feet high to accommodate two fixed-wing aircrafts, each with 51-foot wing spans, and one helicopter. A maintenance shop provides room for up to four vehicles and two free-standing metal canopies provide covered parking for ambulances and other vehicles.
S&B James Construction was founded in 1977 and has become one of the largest general contractors in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The company specializes in building commercial offices and other industrial projects.