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LG Chem Battery Factory

A battery factory for the future

ROSSETTI was the Design Architect and AOR for this 500,000 SF factory, located in Holland, Michigan. Our design translated the client vision of a multi-story facility, based on Korean standards, into the US approach to factory design. This required a larger horizontal footprint with limited stories and a new approach to an efficient manufacturing process. The 10,000 SF clean room is the largest in the US, and is designed with strict criteria to control product contamination. The operations program also considers ion powder mixing, battery formation and aging areas, electrolyte mixing and baking ovens, inspection, testing, warehousing, and shipping areas. The production facility includes a four-story high hazard chemical mixing tower employing the latest technology in fire protection and explosion venting, along with acetone storage, distribution and recovery systems, and hazardous waste storage. The production layouts were developed in modules, enabling future plant expansions to occur in an orderly fashion.

Materials were regionally sourced and custom adapted to LG Chem criteria. The main lobby was choreographed to consider the entry experience and features a light-filled atrium. Other program elements include employee amenities, such as a cafe, gymnasium, locker rooms, an observation deck, and executive offices with an outdoor patio. ROSSETTI also provided the landscape design services.

The project was delivered on time under an aggressive schedule to assist the client in bringing this innovative product to market.