Manufacturing Facility

2012 Design Award Honorable Mention

Midland, MI

Structural Engineer
Alper Audi, Inc.

Forum Inc.

Steel Joist Manufacturer
New Millennium Building Systems

Steel Fabricator
Cooper Steel Fabricators Inc.

This is a new manufacturing facility in Midland, MI, that will produce batteries for electric and hybrid automobiles. Steel joists and joist girders were utilized for the support of a very complex layout of mechanical equipment and process piping. 3D AutoCAD drawings of the joists and girders were provided for insertion into a BIM model.

Due to the rapidly changing technology in the electric car battery market the requirements of this facility are changing while it is being constructed. The versatility of the bar joist and girders allow those changes to take place before, during and after the installation of the joists.

The total project required 110 Girders 1831 K joists 112 LH joists.