In a joint venture with another firm, VRX, Inc. served as the prime Program Manager for United Airlines on this $187M CMAR program to construct an operations center that included a new 265,000 SF hangar.
The United Technical Operations Center (UTOC) program also included a new taxi lane and apron pavement with 4 hardstand positions; new bulk storages; a warehouse distribution area and shop areas. It also provided various remodeling critical to maintenance operations at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston (IAH).
The Hangar X facility (pictured above and below) opened in late February 2020 and accommodates 2.5 wide-body aircraft (including Boeing 767s, 777s, 787s and Airbus A350s) and provides an improved work environment with better ergonomics, safety, and efficiency for United’s maintenance technicians and support personnel.
The UTOC-Houston had 3 primary phases:
• Phase 1 included Hangar X, to be used by Line Maintenance and supporting organizations.
• Phase 2 involved the renovation of the storage building serving both the Line Maintenance and Base Maintenance operations at IAH.
• Phase 3 involved the renovation of Hangar E and incorporating it into the adjacent (Hangars A and G) Base Maintenance operation, and its associated shops.
The Houston Airport System (HAS) funded $29.5M of the program costs. VRX began this program in 2017. The UTOC program was fully completed in March 2022.