Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
A love of aviation combined with a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial brilliance is at the heart of Amway, and nowhere is that more apparent than in this addition to the Amway Hangar complex. Serving as Amway’s global front door, the facility welcomes business partners from around the world with contemporary meeting space and efficient connectivity. Aviation-inspired elements are found throughout, beginning at the entrance canopy that mimics the wing structure of Amway’s first corporate jet, complete with signal light, to the interior’s curved bulkheads and sleek, streamlined style.
The aviation foundation of the Amway partnership is celebrated in the facility as a Piper Cub training plane memorializes the first VanAndel/DeVos business venture, Wolverine Flight School. The terminal’s form follows that of the plane; as the Piper Cub’s wing-span establishes the linier shape of the lobby. The double height reception area wraps the tail of the Piper Cub as the wings stretch into the expansive southern views of the passenger lounge. Home base to the Director of Aviation, chief pilots, and flight scheduling, second floor offices offer clear sight lines to arriving passengers, hangar and ramp activity.
The 40,000 SF operations and hangar addition, a football field in length, sits on the eastern side of the original 1984 Boeing Hanger. The operations wing houses touchdown office space for pilots, mechanics and crew. The central commons café encourages social interaction, as it offers views to the hangar’s interior. The office spaces and flight planning area also command hangar and ramp views. The elegantly functional metal and glass-clad structure stands as the largest privately owned hangar in the United States. Not just a home to planes, its polished white floor and soaring column-free span does double duty as a large assembly space for thousand-person banquets, fund-raisers, and celebrations featuring B-17 Bombers and WWII veterans.