Paint shop demo and strip-out sets the stage for a new era in electric vehicles
With an eye on self-driving vehicles, a major automotive manufacturer is transforming a one-million-sq-ft automotive paint shop in one of its assembly plants into the company’s first fully dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant for trucks and SUVs.
The transformation required the comprehensive strip-out of non-structural systems to make room for new machines, conveyors, controls, and tooling and the removal of rooftop systems.
The engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor selected Michigan-based North American Dismantling Corp. (NADC) to lead the demo and strip-out effort. NADC specializes in heavy industrial demolition, strip-outs, and other aspects of specialty demolition.
Preserving some elements while demolishing non-structural components requires considerable planning and care, particularly under a tight schedule of three months.
Walkways and Decks
Next to safe completion, meeting the owner-defined schedule was of utmost importance for NADC, the EPC, and the client, as the demolition work would set the stage for installing new systems and subsequent vehicle production. To complete the job, NADC assigned a full-time safety and management team to support the workforce crew ranging from 30-130 at any given time.
The job required the complete strip out of the paint and body shop, including the main floor and basement, second-floor conveyors and associated systems, the paint mix area, the fan farm, and electrical, mechanical, fire protection heating and ventilating, and security systems.
Tasks for the interior demolition included:
- Saw-cut 12” thick structural slab and remove concrete for 32 new 6’ x 6’ openings
- Removed remaining concrete curbs after GK scope demolition
- Removal of 4” concrete walkway (100,00 sq ft)
- Saw-cut and removal of the existing concrete roof deck for new openings (2,300 square ft)
- Demolition of existing fan farm bases
- Saw-cut new 10’ x 15’ concrete opening for the new stairway
- Saw-cut curbs and concrete at penthouse penetrations back to the centerline of existing steel framing for new decking to bare