Walbridge was general contractor of the Paint Shop foundation and shell package and various structures at the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant, located on a 140-acre site in Chattanooga, Tenn. The contract consisted of concrete footings, foundations, slabs, pre-cast structural columns, structural steel, metal wall panels, roofing, a mechanical siphonic roof drain system and electrical grounding.
The 358,650-square-foot project package included a 33,550-square-foot utility and media structure, 17,125-square-foot RB1 building, 17,330-square-foot fire station, 153,000-square-foot training center fit-out (with Joint Venture Partner EMJ) and a Liquid Tank Farm (LTF).
The LTF consisted of one 3,104 square feet control building, seven underground tanks, one above ground tank, a fueling station and pump house equipped with two mixing skids, as well as canopies over the tank farm and fueling station. The seven 10,000-gallon (38,000-liter) underground storage tanks contain fluids such as diesel emission fluid, ethanol, ethylene glycol, diesel, gas, brake fluid and power steering fluids. One 4,000-gallon (15,000-liter) above-ground tank was built for storage of refrigerant R-134a.
The Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant is certified as LEED® Platinum – the highest certifiable level of green building – through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The plant manufactures mid-size sedans.