As part of a strategic collaboration with German automaker Daimler, Japan-based Nissan agreed to produce four-cylinder engines at their powertrain assembly campus in Decherd, Tennessee for use in Mercedes-Benz vehicles and their own Infiniti models manufactured in the U.S., providing localized capacity for both companies. To accommodate production of up to 250,000 units per year, Nissan needed to construct a new engine machining and assembly plant at their existing Decherd campus.
We worked closely with Nissan to understand their objectives for a cost-efficient facility that could accommodate a myriad of complex manufacturing functions to meet production demands, facilitate employee productivity, and, ultimately, enable a successful partnership with Daimler.
Our team provided complete architecture and engineering services for the 280,000-square-foot greenfield engine plant. To offer a lower-cost building solution in line with client goals, we designed a hybrid pre-engineered building comprised of engine machining and assembly operations, logistics load / unload and storage areas, a chip and coolant process area, a chiller / air compressor room, as well as maintenance and storage areas.
In addition to the manufacturing space, our scope included administrative areas, in-plant offices, restrooms, break areas, a nitrogen tank, and tank farm for oil and gasoline storage, along with site design. We were also actively involved in process installation and coordination, including process equipment and coolant piping, as well as the design of pits and a mist collection system. Finally, we designed an addition to the existing engine assembly facility that houses engine test cells, an engine tear-down area, and support spaces.
The completed engine plant bolsters Nissan’s production capabilities in the U.S., creates jobs locally, and strengthens their strategic alliance with Daimler.