What the former GM plant now looks like inside

Fuyao rendering of Moraine plant. (WDTN Photo)
Fuyao rendering of Moraine plant. (WDTN Photo)

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – Woolpert announced an agreement with Fuyao Glass America Monday to assist in the redevelopment of the new Fuyao plant now under construction.

2 NEWS got a look inside the plant at the progress that’s already been made in transforming it.

The design firm says it will provide architectural, engineering and construction support as the old General Motors plant returns to life as Fuyao.

“We initially considered several choices, but ultimately selected Woolpert because of its reputation as a top national design firm and a good local company. We were impressed with their enthusiasm to establish a long-term relationship with Fuyao,” said Junming Wang, Fuyao’s Ohio project manager. “We believe this collaboration with Woolpert will result in a mutually beneficial outcome for us, for Woolpert and for this region.”

Fuyao finalized the purchased of the 1.4 million square feet plant in May 2014. It will invest $200 million into is new glass manufacturing facility.

The company expects to employ up to 1,000 people by the summer of 2015.

“We are proud to play a role in a project of such significance to the Dayton region,” said Mike Flannery, Woolpert’s CEO. “The economic impacts will reach deep into the community with new jobs, increased tax revenues, additional development of the surrounding area and enhanced supply chain opportunities.”

Woolpert says preliminary plans call for the site to be divided into separate facilities including partial demolition of some buildings.

“One of our goals is to analyze the existing plant to determine the most cost effective means to reuse the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering systems already in place. In essence, we’ll be making the old new again,” said Mike Stanoikovich, senior vice president at Woolpert.

Woolpert is a national design firm based in Dayton. It completed the master redevelopment plan for the old GM plant prior to Fuyao’s purchase.

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