Pearson Construction built a state-of-the-art, cutting-edge institution that will impact the aerospace industry’s future for years to come.

Aerospace Building Addition- Waco, Texas

Project Description

This 61,000 SF facility provides extraordinary hands-on learning opportunities for future aerospace industry professionals.

The exterior of the building consists of split-face masonry units, prefinished metal wall panels, aluminum composite panels, and a glass curtain wall system. The system is a full two stories in height and showcases excellent views of the airport runways. The exterior aluminum composite panels are a bright red color with some on the front having a mirror appearance.

The building’s floor plan has a north and south wing and a central assembly area connecting each end. The north wing’s design includes classroom spaces for pilot training and faculty offices. The south wing is designed for aircraft mechanic and assembly training classrooms and features a 12,000 square foot hangar for hands-on training. In the ceiling of the central area, an actual Cessna airplane hangs from the structure. Project Manager Rickey Henry and Superintendent Mark Denton lead the project team, encountering challenges throughout the project. The new structure sits on the same location as many previously dismantled military buildings. Several items of debris found while excavating had to be documented and returned to TSTC. Poor soil conditions and the presence of water required 60 foot deep drilled piers to be fully cased. The drilling required extra time and effort by Pearson crews and extreme attention to detail. A Grand Opening Ceremony held in May of 2012 included many dignitaries from around the state of Texas. Thanks to the on-time project work by Pearson Construction, TSTC began the first semester of classes in the new structure during the summer of 2012.

All work done by Pearson Construction on behalf of TSTC completed on-time and in-budget.

Fast Facts

  • Delivery Method: Hard Bid
  • Size: 45,000 SF
  • Completed December 2012
  • Project Type: New Construction


Client Contact:
Brian Pollard, Facilities Planning Director
Texas State Technical College

Architect Contact:
George Jezek, A.I.A.
The Wallace Group