Friday, October 22, 2021

CAM Magazine Outstanding Construction Projects: Stellantis Mack Avenue and Warren Truck Assembly Paint Shops

The Stellantis Mack Avenue and Warren Truck Assembly Paint Shops were included in the CAM Magazine October Special Issue featuring 12 outstanding construction projects in Michigan.

Ghafari provided architecture and engineering services for both paint shops, part of the automaker’s $4.5 billion investment in manufacturing in Michigan aimed at creating more than 6,500 jobs in the state. With the growing demand for the Jeep brand, Stellantis (then called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)) decided to transform their existing Mack Avenue Engine Complex in Detroit into a vehicle assembly plant, a $1.6 billion project that required an all-new paint shop. At the same time, they were developing a new paint shop as part of a $1.5 billion investment at their plant in Warren.

Ghafari worked with general contractor Barton Malow and paint equipment supplier Giffin on the two paint shops concurrently on an accelerated delivery timeline. By working on both paint shops simultaneously, the team was able to streamline the decision-making process and apply lessons learned from the 800,000 SF Mack paint shop to the 400,000 SF Warren paint shop.

Our application of a sequenced production method using a collaborative, integrated design-build approach resulted in the projects being completed 33 percent faster than with traditional methods. All aspects of the builds worked in unison so that when one process was finished, another was ready to start immediately after. Much like an assembly line, this allowed for an efficient and streamlined process.

Read the full CAM Magazine article – “Stellantis Mack and Warren Truck Assembly Plants Paint Shops: Continuing the Driving Force in Automotive Production” – here.