Airplane Manufacturing Plant
Visionaire’s Ames plant is a single engine jet airplane manufacturing and office facility, constructed adjacent to the Ames municipal airport. This design-build project was prepared quickly to meet the needs of an entrepreneurial venture slated to begin production as soon as a facility could be fashioned. The plant was designed, constructed, and ready for occupancy in 10 months. Rietz Consultants, Ltd. worked closely with the owner and contractor to design clean and efficient offices, manufacturing plant and an adjacent hanger. A number of structural framing schemes were explored during the design of the 124,000 square foot building. Careful consideration was given to bay sizes that would support the plane’s production.