Battery Plant Expansion

This 217,300 SF manufacturing expansion for Johnson Controls, Inc., houses a manufacturing operation that makes batteries for hybrid and electric automobiles. Completed  through a design-build construction delivery method with Mosser Construction, the design focused on creating a robust battery acid-resistant facility.
 
Building information modeling (BIM) was performed on the project to allow for efficient project collaboration and to provide the Owner with an intelligent building model that adds value across the entire lifecycle of the building. Construction consists of a 32 foot clearance, an insulated precast panel wall system, insulated metal wall panels and a single-ply PVC roof membrane. 
 
As part of the project, an existing 20,000 SF courtyard was enclosed to create additional production area within the heart of the facility. A separate acid unload area and 30,000 gallon acid storage building was located near the expansion. To exhaust acid fume hazards/odors within the production area, an extensive process HVAC system was incorporated that provides multiple air changes within a 24-hour period. Heavy DC power use is required to charge the batteries as part of the process.
 
The jdi group served as Architect of Record on the project, and provided full civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering services as well. Once the building shell design was completed, jdi performed the mechanical and electrical process design for the facility. This work entailed the detailed design for the installation of the process equipment and related process piping, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing.