Walbridge was selected to provide construction management services to assist with Chrysler Group’s (now FCA USA) Trenton Phoenix Engine Plant, which produces six-cylinder engines.
Walbridge managed all phases of the building and facilities, from design through equipment readiness with an option for management of the equipment.
The project employed 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) to eliminate field mechanical and electrical interferences. The Phoenix Engine Program consisted of a new manufacturing facility and several attached buildings located on a brownfield site in Trenton, Mich.
Walbridge was responsible for managing a budget assigned by the owner, which was spread out over 41 bid packages. That included site work, structural steel, architecture, general contracts, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), landscaping, painting, signage, and deep cleaning. Walbridge also coordinated installation of equipment purchased by FCA.
VA/VE efforts yielded more than $1.5 million in savings to the owner. As a fast-track project, Walbridge moved forward with construction as elements of the design were being finalized. The construction company managed the work of 20 subcontractors and 250 trades people.
The facility includes a one-story 40,000-square-foot administration building, a 150,000-square-foot materials shipping and receiving building, an energy center, a waste treatment building and an employee services building. The project achieved LEED® Gold certification. It originally produced Pentastar V6 engines.