Expanding Battery Production in the U.S.
SK Battery America
SK Battery America
Clayco led site mobilization and construction efforts for the new SK Innovation battery manufacturing plant in Commerce, Georgia. The project was located on 283 acres along I-85 about 65 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. The 2.4-million-square-foot, $1.67 billion facility was SK Innovation’s first EV battery factory in the U.S. SK Innovation, which makes lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and fully-electric automobiles, builds batteries for multiple vehicle manufactures.
The scope of both phases included sitework, concrete, steel, IMP and roofing for electrode, assembly, formation, module, finishes, MEP, clean/dry rooms, ancillary support structures, medium voltage banks and cross country piping tracks.
CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS
Clayco worked closely with Steel Service and LPR to plan out the steel erection to make sure milestones were achieved.
Came up with a plan to have as many cranes and crews as the space would allow.
Utilized support cranes for unloading and shake out so that large cranes could be 100% dedicated to setting steel and maximize our daily production.
Some of the project challenges included the close proximity of the jobsite to the active facility.
TIGHT SITE LOGISTICS BETWEEN PHASES I AND II
Used a dedicated access/haul road for construction.
Separation by temporary fencing and coordination with SK for any overlapping operations.
Activities were coordinated well in advance to minimize or elimination any operational impacts to SK.
PHASE II INFRASTRUCTURE
No as-builts were provided, so we utilized a vac-truck to identify potential issues.
Clayco coordinated design changes and prepared the area to safely drill and install foundations to keep as close to our original schedule as possible.
VDC PROJECT BENEFITS
True project information transparency
Standardized BIM project delivery plan and 100% technology buy-in
Cloud based collaboration and issue tracking resulted in a faster decision-making process and integration of design changes
100% elimination of coordination delays
Near-real time tracking and reporting on resources utilization
Dependable QA/QC process
More efficient Equipment Commissioning process
Teams adoption of Job Portal eliminated the information redundancy and streamlined stakeholder’s participation
Comprehensive handover of reality capture data and creation of the digital twin prerequisites
Comprehensive BIM implementation plan for both design and construction
Design content in BIM, LOD 300 coordination
Early UAS deployment for site analysis
Model enabled submittals, submital tracking, construction progress tracking
“Single Pane of Glass” insight into project related data
BIM enabled logistics
Models enabled MEP prefabrication
Remote sensing (Laser Scanning) as QA activity
Cloud enabled real time collaboration
BIM 360 for issue tracking and QA/QC and commissioning
360 photo capture, progress tracking
VDC manager on site
This plant represents one of the largest single investments in a job-creating initiative in Georgia’s history and the largest in more than a decade. By 2025, the site will employ nearly 3,000 with a production capacity reaching 9.8GWh by 2022. More than 300,000 new electric vehicles a year will be on American roads because of the work being done at the facility, and team members take great pride of the role they have in building a new chapter in automotive history.