Deere-Hitachi Excavator Manufacturing Facility

Indaiatuba, São Paulo, Brazil

UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGE

The increasing demand for construction equipment in South America was the impetus for a new facility to handle both the manufacturing and sales of mid-size hydraulic evacuators. The success of the project, a joint venture between John Deere and Hitachi Construction Machinery, hinged on coordinating a complex facility design with highly specialized manufacturing systems within a tight schedule. Our multi-disciplinary team stepped up to the challenge, eager to immerse ourselves in the workings of the clients’ industry and how to best integrate the building’s functions and processes within the space.

TAILORING THE SOLUTION

Our site master plan addressed the two divergent purposes of the facility: heavy manufacturing on one hand and sales and administration on the other. Meeting the production requirements involved designing and engineering spaces for product manufacturing and assembly, conveyor systems, paint systems, a warehouse storage area, waste water treatment processes, relief stations, locker rooms, and mechanical spaces.

The design of the administrative and sales areas – visitor and employee entrances, product demonstration areas, dealer training areas, and conference spaces – reflects the image of both companies and their strong corporate identities.

The site master plan achieves an orderly flow of people, materials, and vehicles in and around the site and allows for the future expansion of operations.

SUPPORTING WHAT MATTERS

We welcomed the opportunity to help two dynamic international companies do their best in this new facility. Thorough integration of the various disciplines that were required for the site master planning, process design and facilities design was paramount. Limited by a tight project schedule, we focused on working efficiently. The spaces we created support the productivity of approximately 300 front office employees as well as a large manufacturing staff.