With full architectural and engineering solutions from IBI, the new Flex-N-Gate office and facility is bringing many benefits to the city of Detroit, including new jobs and forward-thinking solutions in auto parts manufacturing.
Detroit’s Flex-N-Gate Facility builds solutions for parts-manufacturing community
The Flex-N-Gate Detroit building is a highly progressive industrial project with which IBI Group is setting design standards for future manufacturing and mixed-use development in the city of Detroit. Flex-N-Gate provides product engineering, project management, testing, stamping, welding, molding, painting, plating, assembly and shipping for a range of auto parts. Providing parts to Ford Motor Company primarily, Flex-N-Gate’s new facility represents the first automotive plant development of this scale in the Detroit area in decades.
The building is primarily a manufacturing facility, but also includes a 40,000-sq. ft., two-storey office space which incorporates locker rooms, a cafeteria, a full kitchen, private offices, and open-concept, collaborative work stations. The structure’s design and programming emphasizes lean manufacturing processes and principles. IBI Group provided full architectural and engineering services along with full-time, on-site owner’s representatives as part of the construction administration.
After several interviews with all levels of Flex-N-Gate personnel and extensive analysis of the site’s contextual influences, IBI’s designers were able to create a final design that embodies the ideals of Flex-N-Gate as a company, and the spirit of Detroit’s recent re-development.