Project Description


Marshall University – New Flight School at Yeager Airport
Charleston, WV

L.R. Kimball first provided options for a Master Plan to reflect the future aspirations of Marshall University for a School of Aviation program at Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV and Tri-State Airport in Huntington, WV. The University planned to split their program into two parts: An Aviation Maintenance Technology program focused on fixed wing and rotor maintenance at Tri-State Airport and a Flight School based at Yeager Airport. A student residence was also intended to provide housing at the South Charleston campus to support first-year students.  This project involved the following:

Program – Site Analyses and Building Spaces:

Our work included confirmation of building locations and sizes for the Flight School at Yeager Airport and a potential Student Residence for 50 students to be adjacent to existing parking at the South Charleston campus. Concept plans included housing and food service requirements and limitations of the site grades, access, and vehicle circulations.

Conceptual Studies:

  • Building survey of an existing building to be renovated
  • Diagrammatic layouts and proposed building plans
  • Simple massing models showing approximate volumetric description of the new building(s)
  • Rough order of magnitude cost estimates
  • Schedules that outlined key milestones for design and construction

New Flight School Design:

L.R. Kimball designed a new Hangar and Classroom Building for Marshall University, in conjunction with Yeager Airport to house the Bill Noe Flight School as part of the new School of Aviation program which officially opened August 10, 2021. The 10,600 SF Classroom Building includes three classrooms, a large multi-purpose room, a flight simulation room, offices, a gaming room, two pilot planning areas and a large lounge space with collaborative seating and a fireplace, as well as other support spaces. The 12,000 SF Hangar has space to store up to seven planes which will serve Marshall University well into the future. An addition is planned for the Classroom Building for additional classroom space and a second hangar can be constructed on the site as well as additional parking to allow for the program to expand in the future.

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