SSOE Group


Volkswagen’s new Chattanooga, Tennessee production facility is a model of environmental responsibility and sustainability. SSOE integrated these core values into every level of the project, from design through construction. The site includes outbound logistics, an extensive training center, media center, social hall, cafeteria, technical center, tank farm, recycling center, and fire station.

THE STATS for Volkswagen’s New Production Facility

    • 830 acre brownfield site
    • 2.7 million square feet
    • $1 billion investment
    • 1st LEED platinum industrial campus in the U.S.
    • 1st LEED platinum automotive assembly plant in the world
    • Largest platinum project in the U.S. (based on building area)

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Team Bios

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Brian Spencer, PE — Project Executive

Brian Spencer, PE -- Project ExecutiveAs project executive, Brian was responsible for the overall management of SSOE personnel for this project, and the overall supervision of the design, schedule, and delivery. Brian has 28 years of design and project management experience in automotive and manufacturing facilities markets.

Lonnie Thelen, PMP — Project Manager

Lonnie Thelen, PMP -- Project ManagerLonnie served as project manager in design and coordination with multiple vendors and contractors for the assembly plant project, body shop, paint shop, assembly shop, media center (central utilities), social hall, technical center, fire station, and IT building. This project required extensive coordination with the client and equipment vendors as well as scheduling efforts. Lonnie has over 20 years of experience in automotive and manufacturing facilities.

Nathan Czerniejewski, PE – Construction Management Project Manager

Nathan Czerniejewski, PE – Construction Management Project ManagerNathan served as Construction Management Project Manager and was responsible for design and coordination of concrete, steel, and wood structures. He was also responsible for structural design, layout and production of contract documents, and discipline coordination. Nathan has 18 years of experience in structural engineering and automotive clients.

Tim Butler, PE – Manager of A/E services in Germany

Tim Butler, PE  - Manager of A/E services in GermanyAs the Manager of A/E services in Germany, Tim was responsible for managing the building design criteria and progress, and coordinate changes and questions between VW and SSOE. Tim worked with VW’s discipline leaders to coordinate design, review of 3D Navisworks models, and organized a staff in Germany to assist in translations, attend meetings, and provide meeting notes.

Louise Schlatter, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C – LEED Administrator

Louise Schlatter, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C – LEED AdministratorLouise is a LEED® Accredited Professional and Certified Designer. She was responsible for building code reviews, program and concept development, product evaluation and selection, and the development of construction documents. Louise has 32 years of experience with automotive facilities.

Anna Koperczak – Senior Environmental Specialist

Anna Koperczak - Senior Environmental SpecialistAs the Senior Environmental Specialist, Anna managed and expedited a Major Source PSD and NSR Air Permit for the automotive facility. The project required efforts by all entities, including legal counsel, agency personnel at all levels, client, and SSOE design teams. She has 19 years of experience preparing permits and regulatory compliance for a variety of industrial clients in the automotive, alternative energy, food, chemical, steel, and refining industries.

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