Saved $20 million prior to design phase by avoiding approximately 5 million cubic yards of earthwork.
SSOE was commissioned to perform the master planning and design of the Toyota plant near Tupelo, Mississippi. The new plant was originally intended to produce the Highlander vehicle. With the turn in the economy, the plant will now produce the fuel efficient Prius, one of Toyota’s most sought after models.
The design of the facility and infrastructure is configured to allow for future expansion and the utility needs for the increased production capacity. The overall project has been issued in multiple packages for site work, foundations, structural steel, and general contract work. SSOE also provided on-site engineering staff to Toyota’s Owner’s Representative Office (ORO) to support the construction efforts and coordinate the design documents during construction phases.
The first phase of master planning efforts for this 1,700 acre site required more than 16 million cubic yards of earthwork. Site infrastructure was developed in conjunction with the State of Mississippi and the PUL Alliance which originally developed the area. Site utilities were not only required by the main plant, but also by the other onsite suppliers. SSOE coordinated the overall utility requirments for Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Toyota Logistics Services, and Toyota Tsusho of America.