City of Moraine Selects Woolpert for Fuyao Road Design
January 29, 2015
DAYTON, OH — Woolpert has been chosen by the city of Moraine to design public roadway improvements in support of Fuyao Glass America Inc.’s redevelopment of the former General Motors Moraine Assembly Plant.
Woolpert, a national architecture and engineering firm headquartered in Dayton, will develop a plan to widen and reconstruct the eastern leg of the Springboro Pike and Northlawn Avenue intersection. A new entrance to the plant also will be created between Northlawn and Stroop Road.
The project will provide the main truck access for bringing in raw materials and shipping finished products from the plant.
The design project is on an accelerated schedule to accommodate Fuyao’s anticipated start of production this summer. Woolpert will submit a final plan in the next two months, and the city of Moraine likely will solicit construction bids in March.
“It’s critical for the city of Moraine to have the public improvements completed and the road open in time for the first trucks to start rolling in,” said Nathan Fischer, Woolpert’s project manager. “We’ve placed a high priority on expediting the design and engineering phase because of this project’s importance to the city of Moraine and the entire Dayton region.”
China’s largest auto glass manufacturer, Fuyao, in May announced its purchase of 1.4 million square feet of the former GM plant and its plan to invest $230 million in creating its first North American glass-manufacturing facility, where 800 people would be employed.
On Jan. 13, the company announced an expansion of that original plan, increasing investment to $360 million and projecting employment at 1,550.
Woolpert was selected by Fuyao in September to provide architectural, engineering, construction support and design consulting services for the renovation of the plant, which GM closed in 2008.