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Project Highlight - BorgWarner's Technical Center

BorgWarner is a global manufacturer of technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles. The company is dedicated to creating solutions for a cleaner, more energy-efficient world by creating technologies that improve vehicle efficiency, emissions and performance.

Their newest facility, completed April 2018, is a 100,000-square-foot Technical Center in Noblesville, Indiana The new center combines operations from two other Indiana facilities while also expanding research and development capacity to meet increased demand for hybrid and electric vehicle propulsion systems. It provides spaces for staff to focus on research and development, testing, engineering and design work. Interactive environments are designed to improve efficiency, enhance communication and inspire innovation.

The heart of the Technical Center is a 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art lab for testing and building prototypes. With more space for work related to the company’s growing electrified portfolio, it increases the ability to test key technologies, including BorgWarner’s variety of 48-volt products and P2 hybrid modules. The lab currently houses six 48-volt test stations with the ability to add more test stations as needed.

Reliable power with the capacity to support growth and new equipment is critical for BorgWarner’s focus on research and development and testing. ERMCO installed two electrical services, a 3000 Amp service for office space and a 4000 Amp service for future equipment with the capacity to expand to 6000 Amp.

As a design-build project, ERMCO was involved from early in the design process through construction completion. ERMCO Account Manager Matt Taylor says, “The fast-track, eight-month construction schedule was a challenge, especially with design overlapping with construction, but it was a good experience due to the project team. Everyone worked well together and made decisions collaboratively. The owner was very involved and had a good understanding of what would add value to the project and what impact decisions would have on construction.”

ERMCO provided electrical and systems services for this design-build project in collaboration with the general contractor Hagerman. Services included site lighting, general power, lighting and lighting controls in the office space, fire alarm and tele/data systems, UPS backup for all IT equipment, HVAC and equipment power, and an emergency generator.

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