Barton Malow is playing an instrumental role in bringing battery production (and jobs!) to Michigan. A123 Systems selected Barton Malow to build a new facility to mass-produce lithium ion batteries in Livonia, Michigan. The existing CBS/Fox building is being completely renovated to house this high tech manufacturing process as well as to showcase A123’s Michigan Headquarters.

The 270,000 square foot building is the first of its kind in the United States. Barton Malow has worked closely and collaboratively with A123’s international construction team to develop new systems prompted by this relatively new manufacturing process. The design build team of Barton Malow Design/Ghafari and Barton Malow Company is using Building Information Modeling (BIM) capabilities to enhance team coordination, reduce change orders and to keep the project on schedule.

Given the critical nature of dry/clean rooms in the lithium ion battery manufacturing process, Barton Malow has created new protocols in the construction plan to provide environments with low dew points, low pressurization leak rates, and a minimum number of envelope penetrations. Additional specialized spaces in the facility include formation areas, aging rooms and chemical storage space. Excellent project coordination and sequencing has kept the project on schedule despite long lead times on process equipment coming from Asia and delays in code approvals.

Barton Malow is also providing self perform concrete, interiors and equipment installation services for the project.