In 2007, ThyssenKrupp, a world leader in carbon steel products, began construction on a $5 billion plant in Mobile County, the largest private investment in US history. Watermark was selected to design the Alabama Industrial Development Training facility located onsite at the ThyssenKrupp plant in Calvert, Alabama. The facility is used to train new employees in the steel fabrication process for the plant. The training center, which is 50,000 square feet, was completed in 2009 on an aggressive schedule of less than 12 months.
The training facility houses several multi-media equipped rooms, classrooms and teaching labs; a 9,000 square foot workshop with overhead crane; faculty and administration offices; a 3,000 square foot glass lobby; and a 5,000 square foot auditorium with full audio/visual capability that seats 225.
The design implements numerous LEED criteria, including use of a plant-wide reclaimed water system for irrigation and fire suppression, day-lighting, lighting and thermal inhabitant controls and minimization of heat island effects through the use of reflective or light colored materials.