South Carolina Aeronautical Training Center for Trident Technical College

South Carolina Aeronautical Training Center for Trident Technical College

United States
SC Aeronautical Training Ctr

TYLin provided site design, multi-discipline engineering, construction phase services, and value engineering for the South Carolina Aeronautical Training Center in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Constructed on an undeveloped 62-acre site, the state-of-the-art facility at Trident Technical College will help increase South Carolina’s ability to provide job training in the expanding aerospace and manufacturing industries. 

New facilities for the 218,105-square-foot training center include an aircraft ramp and two hangars that include high bays large enough to accommodate a wide range of aircraft and oversized training aids. There are also 22 classrooms, 25 specialty labs, 37 offices, meeting spaces, a café, and a catering kitchen.  

TYLin capitalized on its higher education, advanced manufacturing, industrial, office, and aviation project experience to secure Phase I of the project, which comprised the visioning, master planning, site and building programming, site civil engineering, and building concept design for the flagship project.  

Presentation of preliminary building concepts and renderings led to the selection of the prime architect for the project, LS3P Associates Ltd. For Phase 2, TYLin teamed with the prime architect to advance the building from conceptual design through construction administration. 

TYLin also assisted the prime architect with documentation for the civil, mechanical, energy, plumbing, and electrical elements of the facility for New Construction certification from the Green Building Initiative.  

The South Carolina Aeronautical Training Center project also achieved a Two Green Globes rating, which “demonstrates excellent progress in achieving a reduction of environmental impacts and use of environmental efficiency practices.” 

Project Highlights: 

  • TYLI was responsible for strategy and documentation of point totals in Site, Energy, Water, Emissions, and Indoor Environment categories for the Green Globes certification.  
  • TYLin’s design services included master planning, architectural programming, landscape architecture, and client workshops.  
  • Site design work included a bridge across the wetlands area, a 1,000-foot-long causeway road with retaining walls across wetlands, a mile of 12-inch ductile iron water main, tree mitigation, and zoning approvals for tree removal, parking areas, stormwater retention, and bioswale low-impact development.   
  • TYLin’s structural engineering services included developing and analyzing all foundation, floor, and roof framing with CAT II and III displacement-based seismic design for a 143 mile-per-hour wind load.  
  • Electrical and mechanical engineering work included the sustainable medium voltage building electrical system, a central energy plant, and the photovoltaic (PV) solar system.  
  • Fire protection engineering services included the fire alarm, wet-pipe fire sprinkler, foam-water fire suppression, stairwell draft curtain sprinkler, and dry-pipe sprinkler systems. 


Honor Award (New Construction), 2020
American Institute of Architects, South Carolina Chapter