The I-FLY is an indoor skydiving facility located in the heart of Virginia Beach. It can be found along Pacific Ave., just two blocks off the ocean front. The project also included a six-level design/build parking deck.
Owner: Breeden Development LLC & Indoor Skydiving VA LLC
Architect: Jeff Love & Associates
Engineer: Speight, Marshall, Francis
Contractor: Breeden Construction
The I-FLY facility includes two above grade return air towers which are unique in that they slope inwards on three sides near the top of the building. This is critical to the performance of the system.
The base of the return air towers have a split-face, block-embossed finish, and the upper sections show a heavy brush finish with brown river gravel in architectural concrete. All connections in the facility are stainless steel and include non-shrink grout.
The parking deck includes two stair and elevator towers. Stone and brick provide a pleasing architectural exterior finish.
Using Concrete to Control Air Flow
The return air towers (RATs) are set on large concrete troughs which allow the air flow to come in through the top of the building and down below grade before being returned back through the glass enclosed cylinder in the center of the building.
You might expect it to be very loud due to the tremendous amount of air flow. However the design of the precast wall panels, which included a void for soundproofing insulation, minimizes the noise on the exterior of the building. The inner panels also have a curved edge to reduce friction around the corners.
Blending Into the Neighborhood
The overall design of the IFLY facility and parking deck included the architectural enhancements of brick and stone in order to make the exterior of the building aesthetically pleasing to both neighbors and customer.