Tire Manufacturing Process Equipment Facilities Design

SSOE’s approach expedited decision making and helped Goodyear streamline a design process that would typically extend throughout the entire construction phase.

In collaboration with Goodyear engineers and our construction partner, SSOE completed a highly integrated utilities and process installation design for a 1 million SF tire manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. This is Goodyear’s first new manufacturing facility in the America’s in 25 years and will produce approximately 6 million premium tires will be produced at the facility annually.

Goodyear selected SSOE for its breadth of engineering services and advanced design delivery methodologies. For example, SSOE maximized use of advanced software tools (Bluebeam, Navisworks) for highly efficient, issue-focused design reviews. SSOE’s approach expedited decision making and helped Goodyear streamline a design process that would typically extend throughout the entire construction phase.

SSOE worked with Goodyear’s design engineers to introduce an alternative design approach, establishing a dynamic three-way SSOE-Goodyear-contractor partnership and adding value to this highly successful project.

As a result of our advanced engineering design services, SSOE was also asked to provide piping fabrication spool drawings for a major equipment set to assist the contractor with overall timing and installation.

1.6 Million SF Seamless Steel Tube Facility

This fast-track project was completed on time and on budget with documented SSOE generated savings of $12.8 million.

TPCO America, a manufacturer of high quality API Grade steel tube, sought to establish production facilities in South Texas in order to capitalize on the growing demand for steel tube generated by the oil and gas industry. As a subsidiary of Tianjin Pipe Corporation, China’s largest producer of seamless steel pipe, TPCO understood the importance of having American engineering and construction companies on board who are experts in designing and delivering integrated production facilities worldwide. SSOE and its construction partner, Yates Construction, were selected for their vast experience successfully delivering similar projects worldwide.

The design / build team of SSOE and Yates is responsible for the complete design of the pipe rolling / pipe finishing mill, with SSOE providing architectural, engineering, and design services for the plant, including facility and infrastructure design, facility and process utilities design, process integration, equipment installation, and construction support.

Working closely with Yates, SSOE is applying a concurrent design / build approach, which makes it possible for the team to deliver the 1.6 million SF facility on a compressed schedule. The pace of the project increases the importance of SSOE’s job to coordinate all aspects of the work with Yates.
The project site provided significant challenges, as a substantial amount of stabilization was required due to its sandy composition and the need for very stable foundation for processes. SSOE designed a piling network to stabilize the substructure and distribute the load to maintain alignment and functionality of manufacturing systems in the future. To maintain the project budget, SSOE worked with Yates to research and provide the most economical design and construction solutions for this site.

$1 Billion Chattanooga Automotive Production Facility

Through innovative design concepts, benchmarking common practices, and scheduling, SSOE offered Volkswagen a savings of more than $44 million.

Having successfully performed design work for more than 50% of all greenfield automotive assembly plants built in the United States over the last 10 years, SSOE was well qualified to oversee architecture, engineering, and construction management services for Volkswagen’s new automotive production facility.

Volkswagen was also looking for a firm with a strong sustainability focus who would help the company execute its green initiatives.

Located on an 830-acre brownfield site, the production facility includes conventional steel framed buildings with concrete columns, roof structures with skylights, metal wall panels with windows, and a single-ply membrane roof. The plant has the capacity to produce 150,000 mid-sized vehicles annually. The primary manufacturing operations include weld, paint, and assembly. Other facilities on this site include outbound logistics, an extensive training center, media (utility) center, social hall with cafeteria, technical center, tank farm, recycling center, and fire station. SSOE provided environmental permitting, civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, fire protection, plumbing, electrical, fire alarm, access control, and security system design as well as construction management. SSOE’s expertise led to the first and only LEED® Platinum automotive assembly plant in the world. SSOE assisted with the preparation, submittal, and multiple agency approvals of the air permit in record time—2 weeks ahead of an aggressive 3-month schedule.