The Aileron campus is the physical manifestation of a mission: empower business owners to live professional management. Aileron reached out to Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership to create a unique place, envisioned as a place where entrepreneurs and private business leaders can escape the everyday challenges of running a venture, focus on big picture thinking, and interface with their peers. LHSA+DP's interaction with Aileron's founders, clients, and stakeholders led to the formulation of key themes that characterize the concept of entrepreneurship. These themes: Individuality, Big Picture, Journey, Dream, Focus, Leadership, Change, Decision-Making, Out of the Box, Nurture, Risk, Perseverance, and Passion, served to inform every aspect of the design process, from site selection and design, architecture and interiors, exhibits, identity, graphics and media.
A bucolic setting on a former farm is the first element that enhances the visitor's sense of being removed from daily life. The journey up a processional drive to the building allows transition from the day-to-day to a relaxed yet focused environment. Open views, use of regional materials, orientation around a pond and connection to walking trails all work to reinforce the building's relationship to the natural surroundings. Furthering this connection with nature is the employment of sustainable features such as the utilization of a geothermal heating and cooling system, use of local and recycled materials, the inclusion of fresh air ventilation, and an abundance of daylight and views of the campus. The result is a building that benefits people as well as the environment.
By definition, an 'aileron' is the mechanical part of the wing that guides and directs an aircraft. The name Aileron reflects Clay Mathile's passion to provide support and resources to business owners as they take their organizations to the next level.
LHSA+DP grasped the importance of the word to Aileron's mission and created signature aerodynamic roofs that hover over a built landscape of solid shapes and volumes. The aileron and the entrepreneurial themes continue both physically and programmatically throughout classrooms and breakout spaces, boardroom and meeting rooms, an auditorium, dining and café areas, and private offices available for client use. The dynamic aileron form inspired not only the design of the building but also the logo, signage, and identity. Throughout the interior environment, the graphic interpretation of birds flying is symbolic of the ability to take off and be at the head of the pack. Exhibits and media incorporate the key themes as well, offering visitors a planned, sequential experience beginning with an orientation theatre and exhibit about Clay Mathile's entrepreneurial journey, and continuing throughout the building with inspirational quotes, thematic videos and information kiosks.
Every aspect of the campus is reflective of the Aileron's mission and goals. The result is successful not only in creating a project that meets Aileron's requirements, but also in creating an environment rich in texture, character and meaning that is inspirational for all its users.
The Aileron project involved the collaboration and integration of a full array of designers, engineers, craftspeople, and artists. This team, comprised of hundreds of individuals, and inspired by Aileron's mission as well as the themes and design of the project, worked with remarkable dedication, passion and enthusiasm to achieve Aileron's vision.
- Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership
- Concept Planning, Master Planning, Site and Landscape Concept, Architecture, Interior Design, Interpretive and Exhibit Design, Graphic and Signage Design, Corporate Identity and Logo Design, Artwork, Accessories
- Brackett Builders, Inc.
- Construction Manager
- Buro Happold
- Structural Engineer, MEP Engineer, Sustainable Design and LEED Consultant, Energy Modeling and Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Cortina Productions
- Media Designer and Producer
- Heapy Engineering
- Commissioning Authority
- Acoustic Consultant
- John Poe Architects
- Local Architect & Code Consultant
- LJB, Inc.
- Civil Engineer
- Otte Enterprises
- Natural Resource/Environmental Consulting
- Renfro Design Group, Inc.
- Lighting Designer
- Sean Daly, Windtunnel Visualization
- The Clarient Group
- AV/IT Consultant, Software Systems Master Plan
- Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc.
- Landscape Architect
- Above All Photography, Michael Bashaw, Bing Davis, Roger Disney, Michael Dweck, Michael Hoza, Lynn Geesaman, Bryan Hunt, Jean Koeller, Alex Maclean, Robert & Shana Parkeharrison, Toni Ross, Torrance York
- Art Program
Taking care of the environment too
Energy and Atmosphere
Materials and Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
At Aileron, we want to be considered a leader in the construction of a LEED-certified building. Our hope is that you enjoy our building and will consider building Green in any of your future construction projects. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.