In Everett, Washington, about half an hour north of Seattle is the largest building in the world, by volume. The honor goes to Boeing's manufacturing plant that houses the 747, 777, and 787 planes currently being assembled. The Future of Flight Aviation Center is a must-see Seattle attraction where you can tour the Boeing Factory. The building is 472,370,319 cubic feet and sits on 92 acres of land which is equal to about 75 NFL stadiums and the Everett location has over 30,000 employees making Boeing the largest employer in Washington state.
According to Terry LaBrue, the Director of of Marketing and Tourism for the Institute of Flight, over 500,000 people visit the Future of Flight. "The reactions that we get from people around the world is amazing. It's a huge. 'wow' but what it really does is showcases the technology that Boeing uses to make these state of the art planes," Labrue said.
This year Boeing is celebrating 50 years, and the tour attracts visitors from all over the world to see the only factory tour in North America where you can actually view planes being assembled from start to finish, however visitors should beware they are not allowed to take phones or cameras on the tour. Luckily, their 'Stratodeck" has the perfect spot to view the field and buildings from afar. The factory is said to almost be like a small indoor city that has its own medical clinic, fire department, security, water treatment plants, and electrical substations. In addition to being noted as the largest building in the world by volume by the Guinness World Records, the murals on the six factory doors are known to be the largest digital graphics in the world.
"This is the only factory tour that you can go on in North America, where you can see planes actually being assembled and from the millions of parts that arrive from around the world," Labrue explained.