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BOEING FRONTIERS / DECEMBER 2013–JANUARY 2014 21 “A major design element was the idea of compression and expansion through the use of curves and finishes,” she said. “The team had to rely on 3-D modeling to identify situations where system interference would likely occur in construction. The modeling facilitated prefabrication of many components to meet the aggressive construction schedule.” At Boeing South Carolina, teams tackled how to install fire suppression systems in the facility’s three-story atrium, which initially appeared to conflict with building codes related to smoke evacuation systems in the event of a building fire. The South Carolina project was managed by a six-person team from Site Services, part of Boeing’s Shared Services Group. A team of about 10 man-aged the Everett project, which took just under two years from initial approval to grand opening. At both sites, Security & Fire Protec-tion, also part of the Shared Services Group, worked to ensure that required security elements would not detract from the customer experience. As with commercial airports, Boeing deliveries— passengers and cargo—are subject to U.S. Transportation Security Administra-tion (TSA) standards. Designers integrated security elements into the layout so they would appear seamless. “As you go through security and get ready to board, the airplane is never out of sight. This is all part of the flow and it helps reinforce positive perceptions for our customers,” said Daniel VanZanten, project manager for Supply Chain & Avia-tion Security Compliance. Added Kirsten Provence, senior man-ager for the security compliance group: “We’ve created a place that showcases the best of Boeing and also meets rigid government and TSA requirements.” Ultimately, however, it’s all about the building making the experience—not about the building itself. Whether in Everett or North Charleston, customers can expect the new centers to deliver comfort and convenience as they pre-pare to accept their new airplanes. n


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