Draken International

Designed, constructed, and furnished in less than 90 days, the new headquarters for Draken International and the Black Diamond Jet Team in Lakeland, Florida, feature a mezzanine-level pilot’s lounge for its featured performers.

Recognition

2012 Citation Award, Black Diamond Jet Team (Built) Jared Isaacman
  • Project Type Military
  • Businesses Involved TONO, DECO
  • Location Lakeland, FL
  • Projection 90,000 sq. ft.

Our Approach

Imagined as the interplay between the physical features of land and aircraft carrier-based control towers, the pilot’s retreat contains spaces to recreate, unwind, and review performance footage on a series of flat-panel displays. At its apex, the second floor loft houses a state-of-the-art bar for visiting officials and out-of-area guests. TONO also completed the team’s operations center and life support/fitness areas within the 90,000-square-foot complex.

Outcome

The centerpiece space, initially resembling a modular trailer before being reconceived by TONO, showcases the team’s identity as a civilian-led group with both Naval and Air Force roots.

“The designers at TONO Architects exceeded my expectations with a one-of-a-kind vision for our new operations center and pilots’ facility. I appreciated the attention to detail and the value TONO brought to the project by working cooperatively with our personnel to deliver the solution within a highly constricted timeframe. Having completed several successful projects with TONO Architects and its companion businesses, PROTO and DECO, I look forward to future endeavors with them and highly recommend this team of professionals.”

– Jared Isaacman
CEO, Draken International
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