This building (now referred to as the Evergreen Aviation Museum) was designed to house the largest aircraft ever to fly: The Hughes HK-1 flying boat (often referred to as the “Spruce Goose”). Another major part of the program included the display of the owner’s collection of historic aircraft – many of which are still in flying condition. The building uses structural steel scissor trusses to economically bridge the plane’s 319 ft wing-span. These trusses were up-sized to support suspended aircraft as well. As is common with a project of this size, the design process was subject to series of starts and stops as the owner worked to raise the necessary funds to make the project a reality. As such, my role in the project was entirely concentrated in the conceptual and design development phases. By the time the construction document phase started, I had been assigned to other projects. The AMAA-designed Aviation Museum was the first of several buildings on the campus. The subsequent buildings (Space Museum, IMAX theater, and Wings & Waves Waterpark) were overseen by Scott | Edwards Architecture LLP in a similar style.
- Client: Evergreen Vintage Aircraft, Inc.
- Contractor: Hoffman Construction Company
- Construction Cost: $16,000,000 (first phase: Aviation Museum)
- Use: museum
- Square Footage: 120,000 s.f.