New Found Youth for an Old Foundry

by S. A. Ghazwala, Vice Pres.; Lester B. Knight & Assoc., 549 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60606,
R. E. Walkington, Sr. Assoc.; Lester B. Knight & Assoc., 549 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60606,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 9, Pg. 48-51

Document Type: Feature article


The Grey Iron plant, central foundry division of General Motors Corp., in Saginaw, Mich. conducted a study to evaluate the capacity and tooling of future casting operations of the more than 70 year old plant. The results of the study showed that the plant could either be torn down or modernized. The central foundry division decided on a $200 million modernization program that involved the expansion of new facilities and the purchase of new sophisticated equipment. The program included the construction of a new 190,000 sq ft building within the confines of the existing million square foot building. The structural challenge was to provide a functional building while maintaining foundry operations during the construction. The structure had to accommodate a molding area that houses a 300 mold per hour high pressure molding machine, a core room that employed the latest in sand mixing, core blowing and process control equipment and a streamlined finishing area.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Soil pressure | Soil mixing | Facility management | Existing buildings | Residential buildings | Health hazards | Construction equipment

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