Gary Jet Center’s Hangar III one of 4 hangars to win LEED Gold status

Will Davis PhotoThe award-winning Hangar III of the Gary Jet Center is contributing to a sustainable future for the Gary/Chicago International airport and Northwest Indiana, said Wil Davis, Chairman of the Board, Gary Jet Center. This 40,000 ft. corporate hangar is only one of four civilian hangars in the world to be awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.  “This made aviation history in Indiana and the nation for its environmental performance and sustainability,” said Pat Lee, President, LEE Companies. The GaryJetCenter and LEE Companies combined expertise and existing materials in new and different ways that improved efficiency and environmental performance. The design and construction of this hangar achieved dramatic reductions in energy usage and lessened the impact on the environment using existing and practical applications that stayed within budget. For example, the floor of the building uses the same “densification” treatment as boxed stores and doesn’t need to be painted. Factors that led to the LEED Gold certification included a 33% overall energy reduction, a 47% overall energy cost savings, and 53% recycling content of building materials. Today, the GaryJetCenter has four hangars totaling 120,000 sq. ft. and services cargo and corporate fleets in the Chicagoland area. This includes Boeing’s jets based at the Gary airport, which designated the GaryJetCenter as the 2013 Supplier of the Year. Commenting on the expanded 8950 ft. runway, Davis said, “This is an example of continued success of the airport.”

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