CRRC North America Railcar Factory

Northeast - Transportation / Infrastructure

Plaza CRRC

CRRC North America Railcar Factory

CRRC USA Rail Corp. was awarded the contract from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) for the design and manufacture of 284 Orange and Red Line Heavy Rail Subway cars in Springfield, Massachusetts. These cutting-edge vehicles incorporate microprocessor technology and passenger comfort that include automatic deployed bridge plate assemblies for those requiring mobile devices. As a condition of the award, CRRC was required to build a new manufacturing facility and chose Plaza Construction as their design builder.

Plaza’s overall responsibility included both the design and construction of the 205,000 square-foot High Bay Railcar assembly facility, and 2,240 foot dynamic test track. The factory building is about 300 by 700 feet, and is big enough for three and a half football fields. In addition to incorporating $10 million of owner-supplied equipment into the 40 acre project, Plaza installed six overhead bridge cranes from five to twenty-five ton capacity. Plaza also installed a one (1) MW shop DC traction system and a three (3) MW site DC traction power system for the assembly and testing of the rail cars. 

The Silver Award ACEC/MA 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition

National Recognition Award - ACEC 2018 Engineering Excellence 

ENR New England 2018 Best Project Manufacturing 

CRRC North America Railcar Factory - MASSECON Impact Award - Silver Award for outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts Community
 

Client CNR Springfield, LLC
Design firm Gannett Fleming Engineers & Architects, PC
Location Springfield, MA
Type Transportation / Infrastructure
Size 205,000 SF
Status Completed in 2017
Plaza CRRC
Plaza CRRC
Plaza CRRC
Plaza CRRC

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