TRW, based in Cleveland, Ohio, is one of the world’s largest suppliers of original equipment and aftermarket automotive parts for both domestic and overseas markets. The Atkins, Virginia Steer- ing Gear Plant was designed and constructed to help meet the world wide demand for TRW’s power rack and pinion steering gear assemblies.
The building was designed to offer flexibility to install current, state of the art manufacturing meth- ods, and offer the flexibility to install future pro- cesses as they are developed. The building fea- tures a generous 40′ x 40′ column grid support- ing a pre-engineered structural system, a metal roof deck, and a single-ply EPDM roofing system.
In order to speed construction during the winter construction period, insulated pre-cast concrete panels were used for a wainscot, with pre-painted insulated metal panels above. The interior walls are completely lined with metal panels for clean- liness. All exposed structural steel and the ex- posed roof deck are painted white to help increase lighting levels and provide a friendly working environment.
The main office areas feature custom block, a decorative metal facia, and an exposed, painted standing seam roof.
The entire building is air conditioned to maintain the humidity and temperature conditions neces- sary for precision manufacturing.The H. S. Williams Company provided all design and construction services for the project. Atkins, Virginia Automotive Parts Assembly 73,200 square feet A Design-Build Project H. S. Williams Company Cameron L. Wolfe, Jr. AIA