HKS Awarded Commemorative Air Force National Airbase Museum Design
DALLAS — HKS, Inc. will design the world-class facilities for the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) at Dallas Executive Airport. Earlier this year, the CAF chose to relocate its headquarters to Dallas over 23 competing cities. At this location, the CAF will create a much-anticipated aviation museum attraction, which will feature various flying aircraft from its fleet of more than 160 World War II airplanes.
Jess Corrigan, AIA, principal, HKS, Inc., will lead a project team with formidable experience in aviation, education and public performance venues. Former projects cited include Dallas Museum of Art — Arts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands and Terminal D at DFW International Airport in Dallas, Texas; Colegio del Aire Aviation Academy and Air Squadron Base in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; International Airport Consolidated Administrative Campus master plan in San Francisco, California; University of Texas at Austin AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas; and Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, designed in association with E. Verner Johnson, in Austin, Texas.
Corrigan said, “We envision an iconic building inspired by the past but with a modern statement and forward-looking design.” He added that HKS will work with CAF to create its aviation museum with more presence and visibility for the organization. The direction given to HKS by CAF is “Everybody Flies” — if not literally, then figuratively. “We all agree that CAF will tell the story of aviation in World War II in a highly experiential way, unlike anything that has ever been done before.”
The design will include rotating aircraft display and active maintenance hangars, artifact displays, a theater, a restaurant, the “O” Club, an outdoor deck, a lobby, administration offices, classrooms/meeting rooms, a gift shop, a lobby and an outdoor amphitheater.
Adam E. Smith, CAF executive vice president of strategic development, said, “Our Dallas facilities will not be what people typically expect from an aviation museum, and that is why we went with such an experienced and cutting-edge architecture firm. HKS really understands our desire to redefine what a museum could and should be. It is also one of the reasons why Dallas was the best place for our relocation, because the city is well known for valuing traditional institutions displayed in unique and high-class ways.”
HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top six architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $77 billion in more than 1,650 cities located in 84 countries. The firm operates from 27 offices worldwide. For more information, contact Trish Martineck at firstname.lastname@example.org.