Pratt & Whitney together with joint venture partner, China Eastern Airlines, opened a new, state-of-the-art CFM56® engine overhaul facility in Shanghai in 2009. The facility comprises approximately 23,000 sq. meters (250,000 sq. feet), bigger than three soccer fields. Its in-depth repair capabilities, 10-meter test cell with capability of up to 75,000 pounds of thrust, and state-of-the-art information technology system provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to airline customers in China and the Asia Pacific region. In addition to its tremendous MRO capabilities, the facility is designed to meet LEED Green Building Rating System Platinum standards. Some of the highlights of its “green” design include:
- Twelve point five percent of the facility’s energy is produced from renewable sources such as solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal and canal water sources.
- High performance, energy efficient windows provide daylight to the facility, reduce electricity requirements and reduce the need for additional cooling.
- The roof is manufactured with reflective material to keep the building cool.
- Approximately 10-20 percent of recycled content was used in the facility's construction.
- At least 20 percent of all construction material was sourced locally.
- Construction of this facility was managed closely to divert approximately 70 percent construction waste to recycling.
- Overall site water use was reduced by 40 percent from conventional facility designs. Landscaping water use was reduced by about 50 percent from conventional designs.