For 20 years, Mercedes-Benz has been producing cars in Alabama to serve all of North America. Now, with HPM’s help, it’s preparing to make Alabama a hub of operations for production around the world.
Its new, 278-acre Bibb County campus will include a 658,000-square-foot consolidation center to supply car kits to overseas assembly plants, and the 1.3-million-square-foot after-sales hub next door will provide spare parts to worldwide markets. HPM was selected early in the process to guide the initial phases of the project, including procurement, prequalification and cost negotiations, to get the project off to a smooth start.
GETTING UP TO SPEED
The road to the groundbreaking for the Bibb County campus required thorough and specific planning. Each facility is being constructed in two phases, with a design-build package and a site development package – with mass grading and infrastructure – for each. The after-sales hub will consolidate three existing facilities around the state and may ultimately be expanded to 2.5 million square feet. The facilities will also need to accommodate the process equipment Mercedes-Benz will need for production/distribution operations. HPM’s team worked closely with Mercedes-Benz’s process equipment supplier to integrate the equipment’s requirements into the overall design of the facility. And HPM will be there to oversee the installation of the process equipment in the facility to ensure that Mercedes-Benz has everything it will need to hit the ground rolling.