SSOE Group

Project Profile: Powertrain Transmission Facility and Process Installation Design

Value Promise: Permit requests done in parallel to reduce project execution schedule and meet permitting needs. 30% savings in energy use.

When the Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) embarked on a project to consolidate the transmission remanufacturing process for all tracked military vehicles it serviced into a new, world class manufacturing facility, they enlisted SSOE to provide full facility architectural and engineering design services, as well as equipment migration design for the new facility.

As one of the top ranked firms in automotive facility design, SSOE brought state-of-the-art technology into an open floor plan, while modernizing and consolidating ANAD’s transmission remanufacturing program. This enabled a more efficient process flow from transmission disassembly through the cleaning process, to reassembly and testing.

The scope includes design to support the relocation, installation, and point-of-use connections for more than 170 existing pieces of equipment from 13 buildings on the site. Additionally, more than 70 cranes, up to 10 dynamometers, and more than 30 pieces of new process machinery, both government and contractor furnished, were  integrated into the facility. This project also incorporated the expansion of an existing 15kv switch yard to support the facility.

SSOE considered potential site constraints including Anti-Terrorism Force Act (ATFA) requirements, existing boundaries and easements, environmental permitting, and a concurrent USACE Cold Water Creek Relocation project, as well as project specific permits required to move an additional tributary creek flowing through the site. SSOE recommended that permit requests be done in parallel to reduce overall project execution schedule.

The facility, which is LEED Silver certifiable, also supports all applicable energy sustainability standards, including a 30% decrease in existing energy use, sustainable solutions for grass and landscaping, and the incorportation of natual light and high reflectant materials to minimize heat gain.


  • Client: US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Size: 110,000 SF
  • Location: Anniston Army Depot, Alabama
  • Highlights:
    • LEED® Silver certifiable
    • 190+ existing and newly acquired pieces of machining, testing, and diagnostic equipment
    • Fast-track design utilizing design-build delivery; USACE - Mobile Distric is project execution agent
    • Supports ATFA standards, goals of EPAct of 2005, EISA 2007, EO 13514, and EO13423
    •  18,000 SF offices and cafeteria; 60,000 DF equipment enclosures to house cleaning, painting, and testing
    • Three dynamometer test cells with engineering for a total of 10 test cells
    • Complete fire, access, data, telephone, and sound design
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