BRPH Companies Inc. announced that its Integrated Services team was awarded the design and construction contract for the new AirTran Airways Operations Center at Orlando International Airport.

The 16,000-square-foot, single-story structure will be used for flight operations and includes a data center on a 24/7/365 schedule. The facility will be "hurricane hardened," designed to meet Miami-Dade hurricane requirements and utilizing materials certified by Miami-Dade code, which exceeds Central Florida standards, with backup power and support communication systems to allow continuous operation. Concrete tilt-wall construction will be utilized, and the frame will feature steel columns and bar joists.

The facility will also be designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council sustainable design principles, incorporate an outdoor eating area for employees and landscaped to fit the Florida environment. Project design has begun and is scheduled to last two months. A construction start is slated for July, and estimated completion is 12 months from groundbreaking.