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Hanscom Airfield Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility

Saam led the design of the new Hanscom Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Facility / United States Customs and Border Protection Facility at Hanscom Field. The new building includes independent facilities for both the Massport fire department under FAA regulations and funding, as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). These two occupants independently occupy roughly 11,500 gross square feet with shared infrastructure.

The ARFF provides a high level of response for Massport fire fighters and supports the programmatic needs of the department in compliance with the FAA recommended program. Additionally, the ARFF includes full dormitory, fitness, and training spaces to maintain the 24 / 7 staff required on the airfield. The CBP facility aligns with current CBP design standards and incorporates additional safety and processing capabilities.

Extensive site selection studies were completed as the building needed to be within a zone that would not interfere with ongoing airport operations, but also close enough to runways and taxiways that firefighting vehicles can reach in any emergency situation within an allowable time frame.

The Saam team responded to the evolving requirements of both the FAA and CBP as each agency’s leadership changed. Saam developed a single design concept that successfully adhered to two separate agency design standards while addressing active airfield restrictions. Ultimately, Saam delivered a celebrated project that came in on-time and under budget.

LEED Silver

2020 CMAA New England Project Achievement Award


Photos © Christian Phillips Photography

  • Location:

    Bedford, MA

  • Completion:


  • Size:

    11,500 sf