The general concept of the building was designed around the metaphorical wings of an airplane. The impetus of the design was simple: the hangar, “house of aircraft” became the backdrop of the “office environment”. Tectonic elements engaged the users by focusing elements of the view to the Des Moines International Airport. The entry and walkway canopies reinforced nature and energetic scenes directed toward the runway. Utilitarian areas of the garage for CEO’s and VP’s bring to attention the addition of canopies above the garage doors. The aviation office includes full amenities to accommodate the Principal flight crew include Chief Pilot and Flight Director.
Built on the last available site at the Des Moines International Airport, the design team needed to maximize the space within the parameters of allowable height in accordance with the airport’s no-obstructions air rights requirements. Considerations for future growth of the jet fleet were of high importance.