Atlantic Aviation Center FBO

Louisville, Kentucky. Client: Louisville Regional Airport Authority, Louisville International Airport

When you fly your own general aviation airplane to another airport you generally park at an FBO (Fixed Base Operator). The FBO offers fuel, tiedowns, snacks, flight planning and rental cars.

This facility provides conference space and FBO business offices in a 8,800 square foot foot print. The FBO also provides service for the commercial aviator including aircraft de-icing, fueling and maintenance of the ground service vehicles. The two bay truck service center is attached to the terminal.

The third component of the complex is a Hangar building of 55,000 square feet of leaseable space for tenants requiring office, hangar and maintenance space for corporate aviation.

The project won the Commonwealth of Kentucky AIA Honor Award for Design Excellence. Design Architect and Project Manager: Michael Ray Pluta, Architect. Architect of record: Tucker & Booker Inc.

Design Concept: The terminal and truck service buildings were designed as a metaphor for the "airplane". Viewed from the landside parking lot the cockpit and wing (vehical drop off canopy and Lobby) are on the left, passengers section (the series of small square windows to the right) in the center, and finishing at the tail (the triangular shape of the truck service building) completes the illusion.

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