Thursday, 24 September, 2015
Chattanooga Volkswagen Assembly Plant
The Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant is a 1.9 million square foot automobile manufacturing facility located in Chattanooga, TN. The plant consists of six main areas including: a paint shop; body shop; assembly shop; RB1 building; RB2 building; and a technical center. Not including the estimated $577 million in local, state and federal government incentives, Volkswagen invested approximately $1 billion to construct the project. Plant construction began in Winter 2009 and ended in Winter 2010/2011.
The construction included extensive mechanical and electrical packages that required the installation of process piping systems that deliver gas, air, chilled water, hot water and steam throughout the plant. In addition, the plant is home to a 9.5 megawatt (MW) solar farm that occupies 33 acres of land. The solar farm contains 33,600 solar modules and is capable of producing 12.5 percent of the plant’s energy needs. In December 2011, the plant became the first automobile assembly facility in the world to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
O’C&L was retained to provide litigation support services on a dispute that arose between the mechanical and electrical general contractor and a third-tier subcontractor who was responsible for installing the wiring and controls for 56 large air handling units, as well as ancillary HVAC equipment throughout the plant. Specifically, O’C&L performed various cost, schedule and productivity analyses and then issued several expert reports.