Modular Building Institute

GE Aviation

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Pac-Van, Inc. | United Rentals
Cincinnati, OH
Building Use:
GE Aviation Showroom at Air Show
Gross Size of Project:
1600 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    GE Aviation had a need for a brand-new showroom for the 100th anniversary of the EAA AirVenture Show, which is a gathering of over 600,000 air enthusiasts in Oshkosh, WI. The showroom displayed products from GE Aviation. Pac-Van worked closely with the customer’s architect and engineer to design a reusable space that encompassed the customer’s vision. Using five new 40’ High Cube containers, Pac-Van designed, fabricated and installed a 1,600 sq. ft. showroom that included a conference room, utility closet, small office, large showroom and a rooftop balcony for hosting gatherings to watch air shows. The exterior was constructed with steel siding. Large glass windows and store front doors were added to the front of the building. Insulation foam was sprayed within the steel framed walls and ceiling before then being covered with paneling on the interior. The flooring was vinyl covered woodgrain planks.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    Pac-Van was asked by GE Aviation to inspect an aging and leaking container complex on the EAA AirVenture show site to see if it could be repaired and updated. Upon inspection, it was clear the unit was not salvageable. GE Aviation made the decision to have a new “high end” container complex constructed. The Pac-Van team got to work disassembling the existing units and reusing anything that could be salvaged in the new structure. The lighting, HVAC system, frame for the store-front windows and doors, stairs and some of the metal for the roof-top deck were able to be reused in the new building.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The original container complex for GE Aviation was aging and unable to withstand rainstorms without leaking so a new complex was procured. Upon demolition of the original complex, Pac-Van was able to reuse the lights, HVAC system, frame for the store-front windows and doors, stairs and some of the metal for the roof-top deck in the new complex, thereby helping to save on final overall cost.
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