“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
- Winston Churchill

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airbus a320 final assembly line

airbus a320 final assembly line

$600 Million - Mobile, AL

Services: Survey, Structural, Process Piping, Electrical, Fire Protection, Life Safety, LEED Consulting

GSE partnered with The Austin Company for the main design package awarded for Airbus’ first assembly line in the Western Hemisphere.  The design package included the Final Assembly Line building (FAL), the Service Building and the Logistics Center.

The GSE specific scope includes all foundations, industrial systems, medium voltage distribution and fire protection system design.

The FAL has  209, 000 square feet of manufacturing and 27,000 square feet office space.  The Service Building is multi-story office building with 125,000 square feet of space.  The Logistics Center is a 59,000 square foot warehouse and office building.


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moody air force base, aircraft hangar

Moody Air Force Base, GA

Services: Fire Protection

GSE provided design and shop drawings for a new hangar and weapons release building. The hangar utilized wet pipe sprinklers with high expansion foam and a fire pump. The weapons release building incorporated some high hazard areas due to ammunition and explosives ordinance storage.



eglin air force base, eop processing and storage facility

$22.7 Million – Eglin Air Force Base, FL

Services: Fire Protection Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, LEED Consulting

This facility consolidates operations, support, wing plans, emergency operations and command post facilities to direct functions associated with the Combat Search and Rescue Mission on Moody AFB and geographically separated units. The EOD Barracks building is a three-story structure totaling 174,000 sq. ft. and was constructed as a design-build project. GSE’s design included fire alarm and mass notification systems for the entire building. The design included a fully sprinkled building with a brick masonry exterior. Other features included: DoD Antiterrorism Standards, comprehensive interior design, landscaping, commissioning, and LEED Gold Certification.


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shaw air force base

$13 Million – Shaw Air Force Base, SC

Services: Fire Protection Engineering

The USAFCENT Headquarters at Shaw AFB is the Central Command Headquarters for the Air Force operations in the middle east.  The design-build Scope consisted of building a 2 story 50,000 sq. ft. office addition on an existing 3 story 89,000 sq. ft office building.  GSE’s scope consisted of providing complete fire protection and life safety design throughout the existing building and its addition.  The project included newly created and/or existing Sensitive Compartment Information Facilities (SCIF’s) which included offices, servers, communications centers and video teleconferencing facilities.

Site engineering provided by GSE included the incoming water supply for both portions of the project and provisions for fire department access in accordance with DoD Anti-Terrorist standards.  GSE provided engineering design and inspection services for all life safety systems throughout the project as well as passive fire protection features.  In addition,  a new Mass Notification system was designed to provided supervision and notification throughout both buildings.  Our Scope included the design of fire sprinkler and standpipe systems.  Seismic protection design for all systems was included.  commissioning systems was also included.

Retrofitting fire protection in the existing building required working with Air Force Command personnel who needed to remain in place to provide vital support for the Air Force efforts in the middle east.  Many unknowns in concealed spaces above ceilings were present in the existing building due to security issues in this project.  To accommodate this GSE provided on-site daily consulting to expedite engineering oversight of changes necessitated by these unknown variables.  The work required a 100% escort requirement by the government.