PROJECT COST: $100 million

Rolls-Royce Crosspointe Centre, Phase I
Rolls-Royce Crosspointe Centre, Phase I

Key Facts: Location: Prince George County, Va.
Owner: Rolls-Royce North America, Indianapolis
Program Manager: Faithful+Gould, Alexandria, Va.
Design-Build Contractor: The Haskell Co., Jacksonville, Fla.
Architect: Gresham, Smith and Partners, Richmond, Va.

Rolls-Royce started construction in October on the first $100-million phase of an aerospace facility, slated to become the company�s largest U.S. manufacturing facility. The company says it is undertaking the project to provide capacity to accommodate its improving market position and significant growth in orders.

Faithful+Gould of Alexandria, Va., serves as program manager. Rolls-Royce selected Haskell of Jacksonville, Fla., to design and build the 200,000-sq-ft phase one turbofan disc manufacturing facility. The discs contain the engine�s blades and are a critical component. They will be used in military and civilian aircraft.

Haskell is using building information modeling for clash analysis, attribute tagging and virtual reality touring. The project is targeting completion in 2011.

Rolls-Royce purchased the Crosspointe Center acreage from Prince George County, Va., to build its first greenfield plant in the Unites States. The complete project will span 1,038 acres and eventually include all necessary factory buildings, assembly and test facilities, administrative space and a central energy plant. The site includes land to accommodate future vendors and partners.

The property had no infrastructure when purchased. Rolls-Royce and Faithful+Gould worked closely with utility providers to ensure they addressed current and future capacity issues. As a result, many of the utility providers are upgrading infrastructure to accommodate anticipated growth.