Boeing employees and representatives from community and business groups, suppliers and subcontractors toured the new 787 Dreamliner final assembly building in North Charleston, South Carolina, during the building's opening ceremony on 10 June.
Boeing employees and representatives from community and business groups, suppliers and subcontractors toured the new 787 Dreamliner final assembly building in North Charleston, South Carolina, during the building's opening ceremony on 10 June.

The new building features 642 720 ft2 (59 711 m2) of covered space, roughly the equivalent of 10.5 football fields. More than 18 000 tons (16 329 tonnes) of steel and 1 million ft3 (28 316.8 m3) of concrete were used in its construction.

At full production rate, the South Carolina final assembly facility will produce three 787 Boeing Dreamliners per month. Around 50% of the primary structure of the B787 Dreamliner (including the fuselage and wing) will be made of composite materials.

Boeing's Site Services Group and BE&K/Turner, the design-build team, were recognised at the opening ceremony for their work in bringing construction of the building to completion 6 months ahead of schedule. Employees began moving into the new building in May, and final assembly of the first South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner will begin later this summer.