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Coming to Chesterfield: Skydiving without the free fall

Skydiving inside a vertical wind tunnel

The long-awaited indoor skydiving center is almost here. At the Planning Commission’s virtual meeting May 11, a site development plan was approved for SkyGroup Investments LLC for 1.6-acres located north of N. Outer 40 Road and east of Boone’s Crossing.

iFly, a global operator of indoor skydiving centers, plans to construct a 6,713-square-foot indoor sky diving facility on a lot adjacent to Topgolf.

iFly offers guests a simulated skydiving experience in a vertical wind tunnel. According to the company’s web site, four fans are located in the optimal position for flow quality to drive the air around a simple and efficient loop. The airflow is narrowed below the flying chamber to speed and smooth the flow.

The building will be a two-story structure with an overall height of 65 feet, required for the tunnel airflow systems and airflow path, according to Mike Knight, assistant city planner.

In accordance with the Chesterfield Valley design policies, materials for the building [stucco, brushed aluminum, metal cornice and glass] and its colors [red, tan, aluminum and white] are largely the same on all facades in the area and will be compatible with adjacent buildings.

Rendering of iFly facility

According to Mason Becker, design project manager with ARCO/Murray Design Build, the exterior design accentuates height as the catalyst of experiencing flight.

“All the exterior elements draw the customer’s eyes up to foster intrigue and excitement associated with flight,” he said.

At the May 11 meeting, an amended site development plan also was approved for the 22-acre tract of land to create four lots. One lot has an approved plan to construct a four-story, 128-room Residence Inn; another is for the Topgolf facility. Two lots are currently undeveloped, with one reserved for the skydiving center.

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