Watermark Design Group will design the first project connected to the new Airbus assembly plant: a multi-story training center for the Alabama Industrial Development Training program (AIDT), the Alabama employee recruiting partner of Airbus. Airbus, one of the leading aircraft manufacturers in the world, announced in July that it would build an assembly plant in Mobile for its A320 family of planes, creating more than 1,000 jobs for the Mobile area.
“Watermark has a great relationship with AIDT that began when we were chosen to design the AIDT facility at ThyssenKrupp,” said Jim Clarke, senior architect with Watermark Design Group. “We’re excited to work with AIDT again in support of Airbus.” Plans for the AIDT training center call for a multi-story, 35,000 square-foot building housing labs and classrooms to train potential Airbus employees. “Watermark has tremendous experience and a proven track record designing buildings on the gulf coast,” said Lee Hammett, assistant director for south Alabama of AIDT. “This, coupled with tremendous architectural capabilities, vision and great attitude were major factors in choosing Watermark for this project.”
Watermark’s sister company, Thompson Engineering, will assist in the project, providing engineering design, survey, construction inspection and other required services. “Thompson Engineering provided similar services to Airbus in 2005 on the Airbus Engineering Design Center, also located at the Brookley Aeroplex,” said John Baker, president of Thompson Engineering. “Our integrated architecture and engineering services provide a great platform for efficient and cost effective design solutions. We’re proud and ready to help bring the Brookley Aeroplex to its fullest potential with this first Airbus A320 support project.” The training facility is on a fast-track schedule in order to accommodate the Airbus plan to start building planes in Mobile by 2015.