Juan Santa María Hangar

Juan Santa María Hangar

Design & build of the Juan Santa María Hangar

This project consists of designing and building a hangar for Costa Rica’s main aeronautical facilities. These are used for aircraft maintenance, runways, related facilities and services, as well as providing auxiliary equipment for the CETAC (Civil Aviation Technical Committee) and DGAC (Civil Aviation Authorities) of Costa Rica.

The Alajuela facilities service airlines flying all over the continent of America (from north to south) as well as connecting flights with Europe. Costa Rica’s airport is one of the fastest growing in the region, both in terms of number of passengers, with almost five million per year, and number of airlines that use it, as well as cargo volume.

The project, with a total surface area of 21,894 square metres, consists of a main building (the hangar) and a series of ancillary buildings used as repair shops, for general use and for storing flammable liquids and materials, as well as a car park with 150 spaces.

The hangar will be built 150 metres from the runway and will be able to hold six aircraft, up to a size of the Boeing 757-300. The building design  prioritises operability and adaptability when it comes to the layout of areas, using a compact solution that takes up little space.

The outer walls and roof will have a similar appearance and the ancillary buildings will look the same as the hangar. There was a particular focus placed on collecting and disposing of rainfall.

These works on Costa Rica's main airport are part of the National Transport Plan developed by the country’s Ministry of Public Works.


Cost: 31.5 M€

Client: Civil Aviation Authority

Start date: March 2015

End date: September 2016