US engineering giant AECOM in charge of realising Faraday’s electric vision
Global infrastructure firm AECOM announced last week that it has been selected to construct the US$1 billion, 3-million square foot electric car manufacturing plant for Faraday Future (FF) in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
AECOM’s industrial construction services practice is currently engaged in demolition, including mass grading for the relocation of phone towers, fence lines and the installation of temporary facilities. The project has an approximate value of $500 million and will be included in AECOM’s backlog for Q4 of fiscal 2016.
“A revolutionary approach to transportation requires an unprecedented manufacturing facility, and AECOM is thrilled to be working with Faraday Future to help make its vision real in Nevada,’’ said Michael S. Burke, AECOM chairman and chief executive officer. “Our involvement taps our extensive automotive industry experience and our integrated approach to delivering challenging projects quickly.’’
In keeping with Faraday Future’s mission, the production facility features a number of elements designed for sustainability and harmonization with Nevada’s natural surroundings. Structural glass, a water feature and dark sky-compliant outdoor lighting fixtures will welcome visitors and thousands of production workers by connecting the plant with the landscape. The project will also feature extended life-cycle materials that require less maintenance.
Additionally, the project will include sustainable and energy-efficient oils, elevator systems, and lighting, as well as prismatic skylights for daylighting of manufacturing. Even greater energy savings will be realized through roof-mounted PV solar panels for power generation, a cool roof Energy-Star coating system, and energy efficient heating and cooling systems. The current demolition work includes the digging of water retention pools to store water for compaction and use in the building’s cooling towers.
FF also intends to allow visitors and will offer guided tours, Its facilities will include integrated viewing platforms and designs which allow visibility to vehicles during the assembly process.