The new Kona International Airport Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility (ARFF) is a $15 million project. The 15,000 square foot facility was design to mirror the Hilo International ARFF Station at a slightly larger scale. The facility includes a training and command center, sleeping units that accommodate 12 firefighters, five vehicle bays, a watch room, and support facilities. Under the direction of KYA Design Group, Mechanical Engineers of Hawaii (MEH) was responsible for providing all mechanical and fire protection system designs to accommodate the specialized needs of this facility.
MEH’s services included: HVAC, plumbing, a 3,000-gallon diesel storage tank for an emergency generator, fuel dispensing, compressed air, and fire protection services including an automatic wet pipe fire sprinkler system and AFFF foam fire extinguishing system. An AFFF storage area also was required to include emergency eyewash, a shower, and a refill area.
The building is designed to meet LEED® Silver requirements using insulated metal panel systems and day lighting as major design elements.