Boeing West Jordan

Project Description

Boeing_1.jpgThe Boeing Company brought in Wasatch Electric for electrical construction services during their renovation of a 1,000,000-square-foot manufacturing plant into a state-of-the-art fabrication facility.

One of the world’s largest aerospace companies, Boeing brought a large presence to West Jordan, Utah with their purchase of a once-empty cabinet manufacturing plant. The renovated facility will now produce composite horizontal stabilizer components for the 787-9 Dreamliner, a commercial jet.

The build-out includes a 100,000-square-foot clean room, an autoclave, a nitrogen plant, freezer plant, chiller plant, numerous rail cranes, multiple support shops, conference rooms, offices, and vendor tools.

Boeing_2.jpgScope of Work

The scope included all aspects of the electrical and fire alarm systems:

  • Eight 3,200-amp and two 5,000-amp substations, each consisting of:
    • An incoming 15-kV switch
    • 15-kV transformer 4
    • 80-volt distribution system
  • Four 15-kV switches
  • Eight motor control centers
  • 56 panels
  • 25 transformers
  • Two automatic transfer switches
  • Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system
  • Three lighting control relay panels
  • Multiple lighting manufacturers across several lighting representatives

Additionally, our team also completed the installation of new utility lines to help ensure reliable power was available for the clean room, autoclave, and other critical activities. This installation included over six miles of conduit in duct banks, over five miles of above ground utility conduit, and eight manholes all filled with 15-kV cable.

Unique Attributes

As a renovation, the project presented several unique challenges converting and modernizing an aging building. Concrete floors were removed in approximately 30 percent of the building to allow for the installation of utility tunnels. As utilities were being placed, close coordination between trades was critical in order to effectively serve the specialized tools brought in for the clean room function and other manufacturing processes.

Furthermore, due to the highly competitive nature of the air travel industry, Boeing implemented an aggressive schedule in order to begin manufacturing as rapidly as possible. The Wasatch team was not only able to meet this tight deadline, but we were also able to finish installing permanent tool power ahead of schedule.