Jacobs has been awarded a $28 million contract to design and build a new Commercial Vehicle Advanced Propulsion Laboratory for Ford at its Dunton Campus and U.K. headquarters in Essex, the company reported on Wednesday.
"The new laboratory will support Ford's U.K. and European commercial vehicle leadership and enable Ford to stay at the forefront of new vehicle technologies, including electrification of its product portfolio," said Jacobs Critical Mission Solutions senior vice president, Steve Arnette.
Ford has projected that the new facility will be fully operational by early 2021. The $28 million award will include completion of the engineering, construction and commissioning of the new facility working with the Ford Dunton team and its key test equipment supplier.
The Commercial Vehicle Advanced Propulsion Laboratory will extend the existing facilities and include powertrain noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) test chambers. The chambers will serve as a testing area for electrification technologies and a new cold cell test room.
Jacobs has supported Ford on the development with initial studies, engineering and planning support since 2018 and recently completed the refit of three state-of-the-art engine test rooms at the Dunton facility.
"We are applying Jacobs' broad research and development design and construction capabilities to deliver a total solution to Ford for this technically advanced facility," added Arnette.
In addition to the engineering support that Jacobs will provide for Ford’s facilities, the company recently secured a potential nine-year, $166 million architect and engineering design services contract to help the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) replace, modernize and sustain the National Air Space (NAS), Jacobs announced in May 2020.
Under the contract, Jacobs will provide support at the NAS infrastructure, which is operated by the FAA's Air Traffic Control Facilities and Engineering Services group and includes Air Route Traffic Control Centers, Airport Traffic Control Towers, Terminal Radar Approach Control facilities, unstaffed structures such as radar towers and other FAA owned, operated or sponsored facilities.
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