Host Nations


Master planning in host nations:
Incorporate mission, culture, surroundings 

Stanley Consultants has a history of master planning airfields and military bases worldwide since the early 1990s. That tradition runs strong today, as host nations and U.S. military engineers alike call on the firm’s expertise to guide them through mission change, host nation complexities, aggressive expectations and U.S. military standards.  

Saudi Arabia’s plan to relocatan entire base and support facilities is a recent example. Stanley Consultants developed a comprehensive plan for a new base on a site spanning 8.8 million square meters. In response to different demands and expectation by four different military divisions, the submitted master plan overcame unrealistic terrain and limited space to incorporate such features as a defense institute, supply and maintenance operations, housing, support services and administration buildings, as well as a professional soccer stadium and numerous mosques that need to be within walking distance of base residents and visitors 

The $1.5 billion Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal expansion utility master plan is another example of complex master planning and construction supervision services delivered during uninterrupted international airport operations.The utility design had to encompass a development the size of a city of 40,000 and include two immense district cooling plants and associated distribution lines located between two operating runways. 

Stanley Consultants could not solve the problem of burying massive utility lines across active taxiways by open-cut trenching because it interfered with aircraft movement. Instead engineers recommended a series of sanitary and sewer micro-tunnels and use of existing under-taxiway tunnel systems to creatively solve the problem. 

These projects are just two examples of a long history of host nation master planning. Historic examples of host nation master plans include Ali Al Salem in Kuwait, Al Dhafra Air Base - UAE, King Faisal Air Base- Saudi Arabia, Cairo West - Egypt and a major transfer station at Manas International Airport - Kyrgyzstan. 


United Arab Emirates


Al Dhafra Air Base

Stanley Consultants plans and designs $1.4 billion air base relocation and expansion

Al Dhafra Air Base is a critical asset in the fight against Islamic State militants and terrorism in the Middle East and Africa. Twenty miles south of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates base is home to the UAE Air Force and the U.S. Central Command's 380th Air Expedition Wing.

Stanley Consultants has maintained a continuous 20-year relationship serving the needs of the U.S. Air Force and United Arab Emirates Air Force at Al Dhafra Air Base. Stanley Consultants started its relationship with the base when it was called upon to design the force protection and area development plans. Engineers have worked on four different master plan updates and a host of other programs, including ramp design, development plans, flight line master plans, traffic management plans, administrative assistance, construction management, fuel system plans, geotechnical surveys and construction management.

Most recently, Stanley Consultants developed the master plan and 100 percent design of a $1.4 billion expansion and facility relocation of the U.S. area from an expeditionary installation into an enduring one. Projectincludtwo new aprons for fighter, refueler, and ISR aircraft, aircraft hangars, operations and maintenance support facilities, passenger terminal, fuels complex, munitions storage area, life support area, air missile defense site relocation and improvements, chilled water plant, electrical substation and utilities. In all, 168 buildings and structures are proposed for the expansion.

Stanley Consultants was called on to produce a conceptual plan, cost estimates, a time-phased design and construction schedule, planning and programming documents and a realistic 3D brochure vision plan using building information management (BIM) technology. A Government client representative said the quality of the planning and conceptual documents “greatly exceeded the AFCENT expectations and set a new expectation for future planning products across the area of responsibility.”



Saudi Arabia


King Saud Air Base

Boots on the Ground Speed Development of New Air Base Master Plan for 40,000 Residents

As part of its fighter jet purchases from the U.S., the Saudi Royal Air Force wants to transform the King Khalid Military City in northeastern Saudi Arabia into the country’s flagship airbase. It needed an extensive master plan that not only covered the military base, but a new city for 40,000 residents. 

The Saudi Royal Air Force retained theU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle-East District to oversee the base plan.The Corps hired Stanley Consultants to develop the master plan. Designers,working closely with the Saudis, drew upa new, $8 billion oasis city in the desert named King Saud Air Base. 

King Saud had to include not only a secure base designed for modern fighting aircraft and administration buildings, it needed to attract military, administrative and service personnel and their families.A town main street with traditional cultural store fronts, affordable and attractive housing, restaurants, schools, mosques,recreational facilities, hospital, clinics and VIP visitor quarters would provide a high quality of life for base residents. The base needed power plants, pumping stations,roads, water and sewer to make it allwork. 

The team realized that in order to capture the client’s requirements and reviews, an auxiliary design team needed to be onsite.Within two weeks a team of six had boots on the ground, then lived in Riyadh and worked out of the Royal Saudi headquarters for two months. Each day,the team collected feedback and sent it to team members back in the U.S. There,plans would be revised overnight and the onsite team could review them with the Saudis the next day. 

The airfield section of the plan had to accommodate the needs of operating multiple types of aircraft. Thanks to the project manager’s familiarity with such base aspects as airfield, administration, supply, maintenance, utilities and the compatibility of land uses, the design team met the challenge of keeping multiple requirements organized.