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A grand opening, featuring musical performances, dancers and colorful pageantry, welcomed guests Wednesday to the new Everett Delivery Center in Everett, Wash. After a year of construction, Boeing leadership and local dignitaries proudly welcomed customers and employees to the state-of-the-art facility.
“Boeing is producing market-leading commercial airplanes at its highest rates ever,” said Pat Shanahan, senior vice president and general manager of Airplane Programs. “The new facility enables us to meet growing demands and continue doing what our EDC team does best -- exceed customer expectations.”
The 180,000 square foot (16,722 square meter) building features three times the office, conference and delivery operations space as the old Everett Delivery Center, and was designed to increase operational efficiencies. The Everett Delivery Center, central to Boeing’s Everett site operations, houses major functions and personnel related to the delivery of its 747, 767, 777 and 787 commercial airplanes.
“This facility shows the strength of the aerospace industry in Washington and is a sign that the state’s long history with the company will continue to grow,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “As production rates increase and the company looks to roll out new airplane derivatives in Washington, it is clear this facility is going to see a lot of use.”
The new Everett Delivery Center features three floors. The first floor houses shared amenities, including a cafeteria, Employee Service Center, Human Resource Service Center, The Boeing Store and a Tully’s café.
The second floor is dedicated to customers and their delivery experience. It houses a customer lounge, over 20 conference rooms, four contract signing rooms, and 35 offices to support resident customers and on-site delivery teams. The building’s highlight, a customer event area, offers sweeping views the Olympic Mountains beyond the neighboring Flight Line and Paine Field.
The third floor houses Everett Delivery Center personnel who support the delivery process.
“Last year we delivered a record 183 airplanes and anticipate delivering even more in years to come,” says Tom Maxwell, Everett Delivery Center vice president. “The expanded space will allow us to keep pace with customer demands.”
Seattle-based DLR Group created the “Embrace the Plane” design which features the unique, curved architecture. The design allows airplanes to pull up to the building and connect by customized boarding bridges, enhancing ease of customer travel. Construction, led by Shared Services Group Site Services and contractor Skanska, began in March 2012.
Wednesday's grand opening festivities featured world music and performers to highlight the Everett Delivery Center's international reach. A flag display served as a visual salute to customers. A private customer viewing event was held on Tuesday.
Everett Delivery Center employees will begin moving into the building this month. The first delivery in the new space is anticipated to take place in mid-April to Thai Airways.
Read more from the Everett Delivery Center opening event at Randy's Journal.