Boeing officially opened the last building on its North Charleston campus Friday morning, the customer delivery center where, beginning next year, airlines will come to take custody of their Dreamliners.
In a smaller — and much colder — version of the June ceremony that marked the opening of the centerpiece final assembly building, company executives and local politicians said the delivery center represented the "bookend" of a massive construction project that began on a former swamp just less than two years ago.
"This is a shining example of government and private business working together for the same cause," said Jack Jones, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina.
The sleek structure, covered in aluminum and glass, is three floors and almost 58,000 square feet of office and event space. It is the first delivery center in the Boeing inventory to have passenger boarding bridges through which customers can walk directly onto their parked 787s.
Now that the campus is substantially complete, Jones said, his 5,000-person operation can fully focus on its principal mission: making planes.
Check back later and in tomorrow's Post and Courier for more on Friday's event.