Miller Completes Additive Manufacturing Facility For High-Tech Firm
Miller Construction has completed the new 55,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility for Sintavia, LLC, a leading Tier One metal additive manufacturer for the aerospace and defense industry.
Based on Sintavia’s vertically integrated approach, Miller Construction and project designer FSMY Architects focused on streamlining the building’s workflow, from product design and production to post-processing and testing. High-end finishes in the Class A building’s corporate space include imported tile, decorative ceilings, glass office fronts, stone countertops, and stone and wood veneer paneling. Miller’s crews installed epoxy flooring for strength, durability and added safety throughout the manufacturing space, which houses over $25 million of advanced manufacturing equipment.
Miller worked closely with FSMY and Sintavia’s data consultant to assist in installing the facility’s equipment and in preparing data drops that feed high-capacity, 6,000-amp electrical service throughout the high-tech firm’s mission-critical network. Manufacturing equipment at the facility includes 3D metal printers, multiple furnaces, post processing equipment including industrial band saws, wire electric discharge machines, multi-axis lathes and mills, a positive pressure blasting room, an industrial generator, and a 6,000-gallon argon gas tank. Features include separate manufacturing rooms segregated by metal alloy and a large-scale powder management system.
“Miller’s team delivered a top-tier headquarters that reflects our industry leadership and will accommodate our growth,” said Sintavia CEO Brian Neff, who added that the company expects to add 130 jobs for skilled employees and support staff. As one of the only manufacturing facilities in the U.S. to couple large-scale additive metal production with a robust aerospace-quality management system, the building is expected to serve as a template for future additive manufacturing facilities worldwide, Neff said.
With sustainability another Sintavia priority, the project team designed and built the structure in accordance with the Florida Green Commercial Building Designation Standards established by the Florida Green Building Coalition. Sintavia has expanded from a smaller location in Davie as the company grows to meet demand for customized metal parts for the precision aerospace and defense industries.