North American Lighting Plant Expansion
Farnsworth Group was hired by Takenaka Corporation USA to perform architectural services for a 222,600 SF plant expansion to North American Lighting in Paris, IL who is a leading manufacturer of automotive lighting products. A large portion of the expansion is dedicated to warehouse and manufacturing. However, the addition will also house a number of other functions including: office space, shipping and receiving, storage rooms, workshop areas, chemical storage and mixing area, restrooms, locker room, and break room. One of the new restroom areas in the facility is directly adjacent to the new break room. Together, these two spaces combine to make up a ‘hardened’ area for storm shelter. The spaces have strengthened doors, reinforced masonry, and a concrete lid that afford some protection from a storm. The concrete lid also doubles as a floor to a mezzanine that will be used in the future as a photometrics lab space. In order to connect the building to the existing facility, the roof line was planned in such a way to eliminate creating additional loads to the existing building from snow drifting. The sheer size of the facility further complicated the roof structure. The schedule for the expansion was very aggressive. The planning was performed in the spring of 2013 with the Owner requiring an operational facility by the end of 2013. This drastically shortened the design period and required a significant amount of additional coordination throughout the design process.