As part of the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s recruitment of Volvo’s North American manufacturing facility in Berkeley County, Santee Cooper and Thomas & Hutton Engineering engaged the programming and design services of McMillan Pazdan Smith to create a state-of-the-art employee training facility.
The new 2-story vocational education training center will serve the automotive industry and neighboring community in a hands-on and technically-advanced learning environment. Located on a highly visible site near Interstate 26, the Corporate Training Center will be adjacent to Volvo Car Americas new global production manufacturing facility. At 50,000 SF and a total project value of $56 million, the training center will house approximately 2,500 SF of a flexible simulated work environment allowing for reconfiguration as the automotive industry and associated technology evolves.
The simulation training area will contain three practical training bays with car-lifts and two additional bays with full-scale robots, allowing for a myriad of hands-on training scenarios. These car bays have direct access to the campus’ demonstration driving course. Four other car bays are dedicated to the finishing, painting and visual inspection of the car’s exterior. The second floor will contain large lecture rooms, administrative offices, teaming and collaboration spaces, a safety training room, and a car systems training lab with team breakout spaces.