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Entrant Name
DLR Group

Design Team
Designer: DLR Group Architecture: DLR Group Interiors: DLR Group Site/Landscape: Swift Company

Electrical Engineering: Casne Engineering Mechanical Engineering: Wood Harbinger Structural Engineering: Magnusson Klemencic Associates Civil Engineering: DOWL HKM General Contractor: Skanska

Owner / Client
Owner: The Boeing Company

Boeing Everett Delivery Center

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Embrace the plane.

These three words embody the design concept for Boeing’s new Everett Delivery Center (EDC), which meets the primary project goal of immersing global airline customers in a world-class experience of Boeing airplanes. The architecture wraps itself around planes pulled to the building for acquisition celebrations. A procession of customer-centric spaces on all three floors brings customers face-to-face with the planes, allowing close and personal connections a customer’s airplane. From doorstep arrival to eventual takeoff, sight lines, forms, and finishes lead the eye to what is about to become that customer’s airplane.

One of only three buildings of its kind, the 180,000 SF EDC combines the functions and needs of an international airport, Class A office building, showroom for commercial airplanes, hospitality destination and modern events center. The design also maintains respectful separation between Boeing and client work areas, as well as further separation between individual airline customers – all of whom might use this building for months at a time to finalize negotiations and purchasing. And finally, the building design enables fluid technical operations (engineering access to the planes, FAA and flight analysis operations, and TSA security procedures) without detracting from the customer experience.

Boeing meets here with customers from around the world. The design respects the diversity of those cultures while also immersing these visitors in an environment contextually appropriate to the EDC’s Washington state location. Developed with input from a cultural anthropologist, design solutions include provisions for customer-responsive needs such as separation of food preparation and service areas; religious and spiritual spaces; and smoking space. Organic materials and colors evoke distinctly Northwest architectural sensibilities, coupled with sustainable design strategies (achieving LEED Gold certification) that embody Boeing’s and the Northwest’s sustainable values.