UIHC AirCare Hangar

February 15, 2016 · # UIHC AirCare, Sustain, Work

This project is replacement of an existing aircare hangar. It is composed of a hangar for medical helicopters with maintenance shop, office, lounge and sleeping quarters. Central to its design is its solutions to resistance to the elements, solar orientation and ease of access. It is also slated for LEED certification.

The building is simple in program and form. It is composed of three types of metal panels and glass. The contrast of the horizontally and vertically oriented metal panels help to balance the height of the structure with the vast, flat surrounding landscape. This juxtaposition, along with the shed top creates a “hat” that shelters and protects from the elements. Clerestories above the hangar doors provide daylight to the space inside.


Location:  Iowa City, IA

Program:  Aviation

Area:  6,326 SF

Client:  University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Photo Credits:  Cameron Campbell, Integrated Studio