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ARCO Targets April 2011 Completion for Italian Battery Maker Bitrode Corp.’s New St. Louis, Mo. $4.3 Million Headquarters


Emerging at 9787 Green Park Industrial Dr., Bitrode’s new headquarters will have 54,000 square feet of manufacturing space, 12,000 square feet of office space and 19,000 square feet for future expansion. The building features load-bearing, tilt-up concrete panels over a structural steel frame.

ARCO’s turn-key service will integrate more than 50 individual pieces of equipment that Bitrode uses for operations – each impacting the design and construction of plumbing, electrical and heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. ARCO will also install multiple bridge and rail cranes, requiring highly coordinated engineering to accommodate compressed air and high-voltage electrical feeds.

Joining ARCO at Bitrode are ACI Boland, architect; Civil Engineering Design Consultants, civil engineer; McNealy Engineering, structural engineer; Aschinger Electrical, electrical contractor; C & R Mechanical, mechanical contractor; and Parkway Construction Services, plumbing contractor. Bitrode is represented by Keenan Properties.

Founded in 1957, Bitrode was acquired in 2000 by St. Louis entrepreneur Ronald Schaefer, who transformed it into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of battery testing and conversion systems. It was then acquired in 2008 by Sovema S.p.A. of Verona, Italy, the world’s largest manufacturer of battery production equipment. The company contracted with General Motors to supply test systems for the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle released in 2010. More is online at