Contegra Building 1M+ SF Gigafactory in Kentucky
August 24, 2023 | One of two industrial buildings being built at Flint Development’s I-64 Logistics Center in Shelbyville, Kentucky, will house a gigafactory for the next generation of efficient energy storage.
Contegra Construction Co. is targeting an end of summer completion for a 1.015 million-square-foot shell building where EnerVenue will manufacture batteries based on nickel-hydrogen technology originally developed for NASA. EnerVenue says its technology is ideally suited for grid-scale, commercial and residential applications. Contegra is also building a 478,000-square-foot distribution center for Flint Development at I-64 Logistics Center with an end of summer completion.
EnerVenue’s Energy Storage Vessels were born from metal-hydrogen energy technology used by NASA beginning in the 1980s to support the Mars Rover, International Space Station and Hubble Telescope. It was further refined at Stanford University in 2017 where EnerVenue emerged through the university’s business accelerator. Compared to traditional lithium-ion batteries, EnerVenue says its Energy Storage Vessels improve upon the limitations of today’s solutions, offering a 30-year lifespan, robust temperature performance, greatly improved fire safety, while remaining almost completely recyclable. The company expects to begin production in 2024.
Located on 115 acres at 139 Logistics Drive and Taylorsville Road, I-64 Logistics Center is designed to serve Louisville’s growing industrial market.
The 1-million-square foot facility that will house EnerVenue’s gigafactory is constructed of tilt-up concrete panels, topped by a TPO roof and will feature a 40-foot clearstory. The building will have five dock doors, four drive-in doors and host 300 trailer parking spaces.
The 478,000-square-foot distribution center has a 36-foot clearstory with flexible space for multiple tenants. It is served by 48 dock doors, four drive-in doors and 115 trailer parking spaces.
Prairie Village, Kan.-based Flint Development is a full-service development firm specializing in industrial, multi-family and independent living projects with a strategic focus on creating significant value for both its tenants and financial partners.