General Motors Corp Design Build Hydrogen Fuel Cell Relocation

The design Build Hydrogen Fuel Cell Relocation involved relocating GM’s Fuel Cell operations from Honeoye Falls, NY to its Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters in Pontiac, MI. This allowed GM to capitalize on synergies with the rest of the product development organization.

The project encompassed the decommissioning and packaging of sensitive testing equipment from GM’s Honeoye Falls, NY facility. The equipment was then shipped for reinstallation and commissioning into the renovated area at the existing Powertrain facility located in Pontiac, MI.

Prior to the reinstallation of the equipment at the Pontiac facility, 23,000 SF of exisiting ground floor level in building “C” was completely renovated. This design build renovation involved mechanical and electrical infrastructure to support the thermal / environment testing of hydrogen fuel cells. Special systems were designed and installed to accommodate the safe use and handling of hydrogen gas.

Specilaty systems include an ISO 8 clean room, hydrogen tank farm, hydrogen alarm systems, sound attenuation, laboratory space, hazardous material storage, DI water system and utility trestle. Several miles of specialty gas piping was installed.


Project Location:

Pontiac Powertrain
Pontiac, MI


23,000 SF


Hydrogen Fuel Cell Lab
Thermal / Environmental


General Motors LLC
Real Estate & Facilities
Warren, MI


Ghafari Associates Dearborn, MI