USA: Over 200,000 air conditioning units are already being stored in Daikin’s huge new manufacturing facility, currently under construction in Houston, Texas.
Just one year on from the start of construction, the basic structure of the 350,000m², $417m facility has already been completed and is on target for occupation before the end of the year.
Speaking at a special ceremony last month, to celebrate the completion of the tilt-wall panel installation phase of construction, Takeshi Ebisu, US president and CEO, revealed that the facility is already partially operational and ahead of schedule.
Daikin’s Houston facility is the largest example of tilt-wall construction in the world. In tilt-wall construction the building’s wall is precast horizontally in sections on the ground adjacent to its permanent location and then lifted up into its vertical position.
The single, contiguous building will eventually house distribution, manufacturing and R&D operations as well as offices. It consolidates four Daikin and Goodman manufacturing plants into one, and will employ around 5,000 workers. It will manufacture both traditional US ducted products and the increasingly popular split/VRF technologies.