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The Eglin Variable Height Tower made the cover of the Eglin 2019 Engineering Design Manual!

Published: 5/3/2019

This amazing project is now gracing the cover of the Eglin 2019 Engineering Desgin Manual! We are so proud to have been a part of the team that brought this project to reality. 

JDA Visits New Multi-Million Dollar ST Aerospace Hangar

Published: 1/25/2019

This week, the ASCE-Florida Section hosted a Lunch and Learn at the newly constructed ST Aerospace Hangar at the Pensacola International Airport.  Heath Jenkins, PE, of Mott MacDonald  gave a presentation on the design and construction of the project that was completed in 2018. JDA was excited to see this impressive new $46 million dollar structure! 

JDA Project Wins United States Air Force Merit Award for Facility DesignEglin Variable Height Tower

Published: 9/19/2018

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This project consisted of the design of a steel-framed, dual-structure lifting tower system that can raise a research laboratory, equipment and personnel from ground level to 80ft above ground level and lower them back within a time limit of 5-10 minutes.  The highest framing members of the tower are 94 ft above ground level. Ultimate design wind speed is 141 mph. 

The Laboratory is guided by 4 rails attached to the Towers. Wheels are fixed to the laboratory building, located in the 4 corners of the laboratory building at the roof and floor levels.

The towers are designed with the stiffness criteria required by the Scope of Work, specifically to deflect no more than 100 microradians in a 5 mph wind. Beyond that the towers will resist  150 mph wind loads, which is the requirement of the applicable building codes, ASCE 7-10. Although not a requirement, the laboratory may be at full height during the 150 mph. That strength is a byproduct of its stiffness.

A hydraulic lifting system (by others) with a max design lifting capacity of 20,000 pounds is included in the project. All steel members were hot-dipped galvanized and shop welded connections were used at all possible locations. A stair system for pedestrian access from ground level to the top of the tower was designed integral with the tower.  The foundation system for the two tower components consists of two large concrete mats with a max thickness of 4'-3". 

Architect: Heffernan Holland Morgan

UWF Laboratory Annex Jobsite Camera

Published: 6/21/2018

How cool is this? This is the new UWF Laboratory Annex. A photo is taken of the jobsite every 10-15 minutes! Keep an eye out to see if you spot a JDA engineer on site! Be sure and watch the Time Lapse video! 

Click Here to see Updates to UWF Lab Annex Jobsite

Pensacola Bayview Park Community Center Breaking Ground!

Published: 5/10/2018

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The brand new Bayview Community Resource Center broke ground this week at Pensacola's Bayview Park. JDA has worked closely with Caldwell Associates Architects, to provide the structural design of this new and improved Community Center. 

From the Play Pensacola Webpage:

"Bayview Resource Center will be an exciting new addition to Bayview Park. The facility, which replaces the former community center that was demolished in 2015, will provide more accessible uses and waterfront access for the community to enjoy. The building is designed to be an active and highly social building that also reinforces the importance of Bayou Texar as a natural asset, and supports continued improvements of and around Bayou Texar 

The community center portion of the facility will include a large event space which can be separated into two smaller event spaces, meeting rooms, a catering kitchen, fitness room, and staff offices. A large open lobby welcomes guests to the facility and there are multiple decks and balconies offering sweeping views of the waterfront. There is also space for storage of kayak, SUP, and rowing sculls to provide a home for paddle sports and non-motorized water activities. There will also be indoor and outdoor access to restrooms. 

The Bayview Senior Center will remain in its current location adjacent to the new community center and will see relief from program crowding as well as improved access to parking.  

“We are very excited for this new resource center at Bayview Park,” said Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. “My staff and I have worked tirelessly to bring another extraordinary amenity to our community. This new attractive facility will embrace the waterfront and will be something that everyone can enjoy.”

To stay up-to-date on the progress of the Bayview Resource Center and other projects please visit

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The Eglin Variable Height Tower made the cover of the Eglin 2019 Engineering Design Manual!

JDA Visits New Multi-Million Dollar ST Aerospace Hangar

JDA Project Wins United States Air Force Merit Award for Facility Design

UWF Laboratory Annex Jobsite Camera

Pensacola Bayview Park Community Center Breaking Ground!

Sim's Middle School Competes in the Science Olympiad

Navy Federal Credit Union Phase II Aerial Shot

UWF Building 58 Breaking Ground


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