Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) aims to position itself as a leading third-party provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services. With the massive expansion of the King Abdulaziz International Airport, SAEI seized the opportunity to develop an aircraft maintenance campus, including a jet engine maintenance and overhaul center, that would help them realize this goal.
We worked closely with SAEI to plan and design a jet propulsion center that supports productivity, serving the demands of the complex technical processes it houses while providing a dynamic environment for all who work there.
The 60,000-square-meter jet propulsion center will provide full overhaul services for a variety of engines and auxiliary power units, requiring specialized support shops and integrated material handling systems. Collaborating with end user groups, we employed an engine-focused design methodology to develop a process layout that minimizes the travel distances of personnel, parts, tools and materials. The center is neighbored by a 14-meter engine test cell.
A 2,800-square meter, three-story administrative building provides a bright workplace for SAEI employees. Our design maximizes daylight while diminishing the impact of solar heat gain through use of a double skin enclosure. An open courtyard, home to a 500-square-meter mosque, is enclosed with high-glass curtainwall systems, offering abundant natural light.
During the construction phase, we are providing full-time on-site representation for construction supervision / administration and monitoring the contractor’s performance. When completed, the center will be a model of efficiency in jet engine maintenance, enabling SAEI team members to work productively and comfortably.