This is highly conceptual. After CAT acquires the property, it will conduct site plan and other studies necessary to develop the actual plan.
This is an early vision study conducted by architect Gustav Dusing to design a technology and manufacturing campus for EPCAL, the former Grumman Naval Weapons Facility. The design will enhance public accessibility and utility of the site and features a large observation deck overlooking the campus.
Master plan Strategies
9.5 million sq. ft. of hangars and large scale manufacturing facilities will be aligned alongside both existing runways. The scale of the buildings will decrease towards the interior of the site to allow for more diverse research, training and office programs. Large scale manufacturing facilities will alternate with ground-floor fabrication facilities, with a research and innovation campus located at the interior of the site. A large public auditorium and event space will sit within the heart of the master plan. Embedded in the green north-south axis, between the manufacturing facilities and the Stony Brook Incubator, lies the potential for a multi-disciplinary campus with dormitories for visiting scientists, engineers and designers.
The existing runways will be brought back to life, with improvements including:
- restoration of the neglected ground surfaces
- installation of lighting systems
- re-activation of GPS approach
- building of an operational tower
- signage, fencing and security
The refurbished runways will serve a new type of industry in which the runways will support manufacturing activities.
A constantly updated design museum that will educate and inspire new generations in the field of aviation will be located on the large open landscape situated close to the existing north entrance of the site. The building will serve as a welcome center and will pay tribute to the site’s history as an aviation center. The building will feature a large open façade, and a large span open space will allow for various curations, including actual airplanes, interactive installations, and historical exhibits, as well as offering manufacturers the opportunity to showcase the development of various aircraft. Unlike conventional aviation museums, visitors will experience the hangar-like building through a three-dimensional network of suspended bridges, putting them on eye-level with the displayed aircraft.
Manufacturers will have the opportunity to train future employees in a state-of-the-art high-tech CAD school that will be equipped with CNC machines and robotic manufacturing tools. The tech school will be situated at the northern end of the east runway and will feature an open façade that will connect to the surrounding landscape and provide natural daylight, creating a contemporary high-quality work and learning environment. The school will help provide the skilled workforce necessary to put Long Island back on the map for high-tech aerospace engineering.
lounge and Observation Deck
The observation deck situated on the north end of the east runway will include a restaurant where employees and clients, as well as museum visitors, can view the runway and the development of the site.