Shimtech Carbon-Fiber Manufacturing Facility

Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico

Haskell teamed with a Mexican development partner to design and build a greenfield carbon-fiber parts manufacturing facility.

As it has on numerous successful projects over the years, Haskell teamed with Grupo Nelson, a Mexican family business dedicated to the development of industrial and commercial projects, to serve as the design-builder for Shimtech Industries’ new carbon-fiber parts manufacturing facility in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The facility subsequently was acquired by Latécoère, the Toulouse, France-based aircraft manufacturer founded by the aeronautics pioneer Pierre-Georges Latécoère in 1917.

The team’s goal was efficient development and a competitive arrangement for the international parts supplier.

The Nelson-Haskell team generated proposal drawings, created a detailed scope narrative, produced a schedule, and developed a competitive leasing proposal that specifically addressed the performance, quality and safety required for the project. The result was a new 75,875-square-foot (SF) facility that features 11,500 SF of office space, a 10,725 SF warehouse electrical and compressor rooms, 13,225 SF of climate-controlled area (CCA) for composite layup, a 23,000SF workroom, 10,000 SF final assembly area, a hazardous materials room, a shipping and receiving office and lounge. Also included were two autoclave rooms of 2,500 SF each, concrete paving (1,650 SF), heavy-duty asphalt paving (16,608 SF) and light-duty asphalt paving (24,823 SF).

Design-build delivery expedited the project’s completion.

The fast-tracked project reached substantial completion in just nine months, enabled significantly by the close Nelson-Haskell partnership. The project met its budget and schedule despite the difficult installation of owner-provided equipment that arrived with measurements differing from those originally provided. The team began placement and assembly two-and-a-half months before completion and finished the building around the equipment.

Technical Information

  • Steel Structure, Walls of CMU 8″ gray rustic 300 meters high with Sheet Metal Pintro TR with Fiberglass R-11 Insulation.
  • The roof is KR-18 sheet metal roof system Gauge 24, with roof insulation R-19 fiberglass.
  • Concrete Slabs 6″ with a 4,000-psi strength, with Steel reinforcement; Ff=35, Fl=30 as determined by ASTM E 1155.
  • The Clean Room has a 100,000 classification.
  • HVAC has 9 RTU Units with 2,375 tons of capacity.
  • For the Fire Protection only have hose cabinets Class II with a Storage tank of 30,000 gals for 120 minutes.
  • The plant has two autoclaves:
    • One with a capacity of 6,000 cu ft (cubic feet)
    • Second with a capacity of 820 cu ft
  • Systems include:
    • Vacuum
    • Compress Air
    • N2 (Nitrogen Tank)
  • Haskell teamed with Grupo Nelson to serve as the design-builder for Shimtech Industries’ new carbon-fiber parts manufacturing facility in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
  • The fast-tracked project reached substantial completion in just nine months.
  • The project met its budget and schedule despite unforeseen difficulties.
  • The team began placement and assembly two-and-a-half months before completion and finished the building around the equipment.
Vice President & Division Leader – Aviation & Aerospace Manufacturing

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