IPS successfully completed design/build construction for a new R&D glass furnace facility to serve O-I in their ongoing development of glass technology. The new building is home to a 20-metric ton oxy-fueled furnace, two production lines, and inspection equipment.
IPS was responsible for the plant and office HVAC and plumbing as well as the furnace exhaust stack, cooling water, cullet cooling water, natural gas, oxygen, compressed air, emergency backup systems, process electrical power and controls. Due to schedule constraints, IPS aided in the process utilities design on-site while the building was being constructed. The entire facility was made operational in a compressed six-month construction schedule.
The Innovation Center will help advance new concepts and test emerging technologies for next generation methods to melt and form glass.
Due to the compressed schedule, the EPA Permitting submittals/approvals became a major hurdle that threatened the project timeline. IPS worked with plant engineers to prepare the necessary documentation and obtain permit approvals in order to stay on schedule.