In a joint venture with another firm, VRX, Inc. is the prime Program Manager for United Airlines on this $187M CMAR program to construct an operations center that includes a new 214,000 SF hangar.
The United Technical Operations Center (UTOC) program also includes a new taxi lane and apron pavement with 4 hardstand positions; new bulk storages; a warehouse distribution area and shop areas. It also provides 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 has 3 primary phases:
• Phase 1 includes the recently opened Hangar X to be used by Line Maintenance and supporting organizations.
• Phase 2 involves the renovation of the storage building serving both the Line Maintenance and Base Maintenance operations at IAH.
• Phase 3 involves 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.