Construction Update November 2018

The Yankee Air Museum is continuing its work to renovate the famed World War II Willow Run Bomber Plant, to become the Museum’s new home!

Since acquiring a portion of the Willow Run Bomber Plant, we have created an exciting plan for the new museum, enclosed and painted the building structure, and begun the long process of working on the infrastructure required to install utilities, heating and cooling systems and electrical service.

This fall and winter, through funds raised through the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) grant program, we will be installing a portion of the heating and ventilation system.

We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support from all of our donors and have been especially touched by how our community of local building construction contractors and suppliers have taken our campaign to heart. They have made some extraordinary contributions of in-kind materials and services donations. Next season we are hoping to work with even more contractors to continue our progress.

Please take a moment to review the list below and see if you or someone you know can help with an in-kind donation to help turn the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant into a museum.

We are looking for companies and contractors to help us with the following:

Underground systems including pipes, valves and fire hydrants: These materials are needed for the completion of the potable water and fire suppression systems and the connection to the new sanitary sewer system.

  • Planning and installation of an interior fire suppression system

  • Interior painting: Sandblasting, paint, and painting crews are sought for the interior of the building.

  • Heating and cooling systems (HVAC): A new system is needed for the exhibit galleries in the Bomber Plant.

  • Lighting Systems: We have applied for a second matching grant from MCACA of $90,000 for lighting. We need a lighting contractor to help provide lighting equipment and installation labor.

These are just some of the vital pieces you could help with. For more information on how you, your union, or your company can help us with this great project to save such an important piece of Michigan and American history: