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A State‑of‑the‑Art Aquatic Playground Educates While It Entertains

Evergreen Wings and Waves

This unique waterpark includes multiple slides (some emerging from a roof-top plane), a wave pool, and educational features telling the story of water use and natural resources.

This unique waterpark features a 747 mounted on the roof. The state-of-the-art aquatic playground includes multiple slides (some emerging from the roof-top plane), a wave pool, and educational features telling the story of water use and natural resources. The waterpark sits on the campus of the Evergreen aviation and space museums and was built as an integral part of this destination attraction in McMinnville. Aviation- and space-themed attractions include the “Tail Spin,” “Nose Dive,” and “Sonic Boom” slides, as well as “Splashdown Harbor” and the “Milky Way Cafe.”

Challenge

How do you install a 328,000-pound 747 jetliner on the roof of a building, 65 feet in the air?

Solution

Mounting the plane on the roof was a technically challenging task; after extensive study and pre-planning, Hoffman lifted the 328,000-pound jetliner 65 feet into the air with a Manitowoc 2250 crane. It was mounted on a gantry integral to the partially-built structure, and the rest of the waterpark was built around and beneath it.

Contract Type

Design-Build

Client

Evergreen International Aviation

Architect

Mackenzie

Location

McMinnville, OR

Year

2011

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