Alstom wind turbine nacelle plant completes design phase

Minneapolis, September 16, 2010 – Ryan Companies US, Inc. has completed the design-development phase on a new facility that will assemble wind turbine nacelles for Alstom Wind in Amarillo, Texas. Construction to build the 115,000-square-foot facility started in August on a 19-acre site.

Ryan is providing architectural and engineering services for the project, including interior and landscape design, as well as consultant services for civil, structural, electrical and mechanical engineering. This is Ryan’s first project where they are providing professional services only for new construction.

The Ryan team used Building Information Modeling (BIM) to visualize the project, including estimating construction costs and energy use. BIM software provides a three-dimensional, real-time, dynamic building model to ensure productivity in design and construction.

The 1.67 MW and 3 MW wind turbine platforms produced at the plant will feature Alstom Pure Torque technology for higher gearbox reliability.

Alstom Wind asked Ryan to develop a facility design that would be eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. The Ryan team incorporated many energy-efficient, water-saving and other green strategies to ensure a successful LEED project.

These include a roof-mounted photovoltaic array to produce clean solar energy; the use of bioswales to filter solids and contaminants before stormwater exits the site and discharges into waterways; and the reuse and re-purposing of materials from the existing warehouse on-site into the finished facility.

When operational in 2011, the assembly facility will serve as Alstom Wind North America’s manufacturing hub.

Alstom Wind selected the Amarillo site because of its central location to customers, proven workforce and strong support for business partners. 

Alstom’s new assembly facility is expected to create 275 green manufacturing jobs in Amarillo when at full capacity, and it also will help meet the growing demand for clean, renewable wind energy across North America.

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