The Biggest Industrial Buildings in the World
There is a list of industrial buildings across the globe, the colossal size and make-up of which is
spectacular. Built for the construction of large aircraft, or as immense warehouse projects, each
calls for specialist construction and design and takes into account such factors as specialist flooring
and wall finishes that will lend the building to the type of work that will be undertaken within each
site. “Corrosion resistant durable floors, abrasion resistant floor topping, wall finishes that provide
the impact resistant coatings, resistant to a wide range of chemicals” (www.ronjonresins.co.uk) are
all essential. The following buildings ae just a few of the most enormous and well recognised
industrial buildings across the world.
Boeing Everett Factory
Situated in Everett in Washington and covering 4.3 million square feet. In order to put this into
some perspective consider the fact that all of Disneyland could fit into the area covered and it would
still leave 12 acres left over for parking! The site is so huge that it has its own fire department,
security team and fitness centre as well as several cafes. The main corridor is more than half a mile
long and it is said that 2142 average size homes would fit into the site. The 30,000 people employed
here, working in shifts, could certainly keep fit by choosing to walk around the perimeter of 2.2 miles
each day. Built specifically to house the assembly of the Boeing 747, this colossus of industrial
buildings now has over 1000 visitors today on the tours conducted around the site.
Target Import Warehouse
Found in Georgia (not easily missed!), and covering 2 million square feet, this building is owned by
Target Corporation, the second largest discount retailer in the US. It was built to handle large
shipments of imports prior to them being shipped to other regional distribution centres owned by
the company. It is the biggest of 4 import warehouses owed by the company.
Currently housing an indoor theme park, but originally build as a Hangar to accommodate giant
airships, it is easy to see how this building of 184 million cubic feet (and hence the biggest building in
the world according to volume could be transformed into the Tropical Islands Resort that it has since
become. Situated in Germany, this is the biggest free-standing hall in the world. It now houses a
Tropical Village, with houses copied form designs in Borneo, Thailand, Samoa and Bali; a Rainforest;
A Tropical Sea and the Bali Lagoon, just to give you an idea of the actual size. A children’s play area
and a sauna and spa have been recent additions, so there is something to grab the attention of the
many thousands of visitors every year.
The examples above are just a few of the largest industrial buildings in the world, whether judged by
actual floor area or cubic capacity. Each is enormous and they are all examples of assembly of
aircraft, retail or, in the case of the Aerium, cleverly adapted to the leisure industry. Covering vast
areas and presenting different and sometimes similar challenges to the design team. All would call
for practical but specialised solutions to durable surfaces that can rise to the challenge of thousands
of employees and visitors in each building. Whatever the use, each of these buildings is a worth a
look if you are ever fortunate enough to get the chance.