Delta Township, Michigan
This significant undertaking presented us with two distinct, overarching challenges. One was to complete the 1.6 million square foot, eight-building manufacturing complex in 20 months. The scope included interior spaces for more than a dozen distinct functions in addition to extensive design features for the site itself. The second was to design the complex to be a model of sustainability. As the design arm of a design-build team, we were eager to deliver on GM’s commitment to be good stewards of the environment and provide the community with a safe and healthy workplace.
We drew on our broad design and engineering abilities in creating the complex’s diverse spaces: automotive body and paint shops, a product assembly facility, administrative buildings, a medical center, fitness center, food service spaces, and even a test track.
The project’s design and construction focused on minimizing its negative impact on the environment. We accomplished this goal through various features of the site, including storm water management, the use of vegetation, preservation of existing wildlife habitats, and reduced water usage. Additionally, we selected building materials that helped save energy, are recyclable, and give off low emissions.
By making sustainability a priority, we delivered the first automotive manufacturing plant to ever receive LEED Gold certification. For GM that meant significant health and safety benefits for their employees and the community. By using 3D BIM, lean practices, and integrated project delivery principles, we saved GM time and money: the project cost came in 18% lower and the timeline nearly 25% faster than the benchmark.