Honda last week announced an $85 million expansion to its Lincoln, Ala., auto manufacturing plant that will improve vehicle manufacturing flexibility, strengthen the logistic efficiency for future models and prepare for future technologies. The $2.2 billion, 3.7 million-square-foot plant in Lincoln employs more than 4,500 workers and has attracted a network of almost 30 Tier One suppliers, many located in the Birmingham region, that employ another 7,600 people.
“Honda has been a powerful economic engine in Alabama, creating thousands of well-paying jobs and new levels of opportunity for residents in Talladega County and across the state,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “Honda has found a home in Alabama, expanding repeatedly to boost output and add capabilities. We’ll work hard to keep this fruitful partnership going strong.”
We are the geotechnical engineer of record for the $85 million expansion. The expansion is the first Phase of the overall plant expansion which involves new civil infrastructure and warehouse construction. The civil improvements will consist of 220,000 cubic yards of earthwork, 40,000 linear feet of new utilities, and 1.1 million square feet of new roller compacted concrete container lots and logistics roadways.
HMA is currently one of the largest roller compacted concrete pavement industrial facilities in the world, and this expansion will increase the total amount of RCC pavement. We assisted with preparation of the bid documents, including the including civil site, pavement, and foundation specifications.
Our services included subsurface investigation, geotechnical evaluation and design (related to site preparation, roller compacted pavement design, and building foundations), utility mapping, and comprehensive construction material testing and inspections. During the design and bid phases, we assisted HMA with evaluation of site design and Value Engineering options that reduced the sitework and building construction costs