Gresham Smith to Design Ultium Cells Battery Plant in Tennessee

October 5, 2021

Gresham Smith is excited to be selected to design the new Ultium Cells battery plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Ultium Cells, a joint venture of LG Energy Solution and General Motors, is investing $2.3 billion into a 2.8 million square-foot battery plant. It will create 1,300 new jobs and supply Ultium battery cells to GM’s Spring Hill manufacturing assembly plant, which will build the Cadillac LYRIQ. The plant is scheduled to open in late 2023 and will use an advanced and efficient battery cell manufacturing processes.

“We’re thrilled that we get to continue our relationship with both Ultium Cells and GM’s Spring Hill facility,” said Dave Verner, RA, executive vice president of Industrial at Gresham Smith. “This is a unique and transformative time for industrial development in the U.S., and we’re proud to contribute to GM’s vision for an all-electric, zero emissions future.”

Gresham Smith began working with Ultium Cells in 2019 on its first battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Scheduled to open in 2022, the $2.3 billion, 2.8 million square-foot Lordstown facility will be the largest battery plant of its kind in the United States, producing an annual capacity of more than 30 gigawatt hours with room to grow.

The Spring Hill facility will be a similar size, allowing Ultium Cells to double its battery production. Gresham Smith is delivering a full suite of design services as well as engineering and commissioning via the integrated project delivery method.