Boeing Spares Distribution Center
a world-class facility achieved through partnering
The rapid delivery of spare parts to customers is a critical aspect of Boeing's customer support. This article profiles the project of constructing Boeing's Spare Distribution Center (SDC) in SeaTac, Washington, United States, which was built to support just-in-time inventory methods. The SDC was designed around a function-driven configuration, and the primary configuration control document became the coded architectural layout. Dependency charts and process flow diagrams ensured the optimum layout of all process areas. The management team's philosophy aimed at developing a team who would share project ownership and accountability. An integrated CPM project schedule governed schedules, and costs were contained through a design-to-cost project approach. Project success was largely attributed to the partnering relationship that was created throughout the entire team.