GLOBALFOUNDRIES Chooses M + W Group

After a lengthy process of study and internal debate, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has chosen M + W Group as lead contractor for the construction of its new Technology Development Center (TDC), the company has announced. Work is expected to begin within the next couple months.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES estimates the project will generate around 5,000 construction jobs, said Travis Bullard, senior manager for public affairs and communications for the company in a statement to the Journal.

“The Fab 8 project has required more than 6 million man hours to complete to date and created more than 10,000 new construction jobs on site and thousands of additional local construction-related jobs since 2009,” Bullard said. “We expect to break ground on the TDC in early 2013 and we expect the facility to be completed in late 2014.”

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The current projected cost of the TDC is approximately $1.6 billion, Bullard said. About $400 million is for construction and around $1.2 billion will go for tools and equipment.

The TDC will increase the total capital investment for the Fab 8 campus to approximately $8.5 billion, he said.

Once completed GLOBALFOUNDRIES expects the TDC to employ around 1,000 people, bringing their total staff level at the campus to over 3,000.

M + W Group is a global engineering, construction and project management company specializing in advanced technology facilities. GLOBALFOUNDRIES tapped the firm to direct construction of Fab 8.1, the first plant the chip maker built in the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta. But the contract for the expansion of Fab 8.1’s clean room from 210,000 square feet to 300,000 went to Turner Construction, and LeChase Construction scored the contract for the adjoining Admin 2 office building.

Now GLOBALFOUNDRIES has turned back to M + W as it looks to build the TDC. The facility is expected to be the central location for GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ global research and development efforts.

The new facility will be a three-level building with a total of approximately 550,000 gross square feet of varying occupancy types, including around 90,000 square feet of clean room space, Bullard said. There will be an additional 108,000 square feet of clean space to support a range of technology development and manufacturing activities, he said.

“The TDC will be constructed behind Administrative Building 2 and represents a reconfiguration of the space previously designated as the second fab,” Bullard said. “The TDC is consistent with the area and height metrics contained in the PDD legislation, as well as a planned three-fab layout. No change to the existing PDD legislation is required to accommodate the TDC.”

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is currently seeking amendments to the PDD governing construction at its Luther Forest site as it studies the feasibility of building a second, larger chip fab there. The company has not yet decided whether to commit to the project, but is seeking to put the necessary permissions in place should market conditions justify building another plant.

M + W US president Rick Whitney did not return a request for comment by press time.

M + W maintains its worldwide headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, with offices in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. The company reported revenues of 2.48 billion euros in 2011, or around $3.23 billion in current dollars, and is owned by Stumpf Group of Austria.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES was spun off from Advanced Micro Devices in 2009 and is owned by ATIC, which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, an arm of the government of Abu Dhabi.

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