Chrysler Toledo Assembly Plant Paint Shop and Body Shop
$58 Per Square Foot
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Chrysler challenged the Alberici/Hillsdale team to apply the “Low-Cost Building Strategy” to this project. The application would dramatically reduce the comparable cost of assembly plant facilities and subsequently reduce the cost of automobile manufacturing. Traditionally, the cost to build a manufacturing facility is $85/SF. The team worked in tandem with the architect and Chrysler to trim the cost of this facility to $58/SF.
The structure was designed in standard repeating modules consisting of only nine different truss types that simplified fabrication and erection, reducing costs and accelerating the schedule. The structural steel contribution was significant enough to the success of this project that the Great Lakes Fabricators and Erectors Association recognized the innovation with their Steel Systems Excellence Award.