Photo: Joe Tegtmeyer/YouTube
Construction on Giga Texas has been resumed after it was forced to halt due to a winter storm that struck Texas. The new drone footage shows tremendous progress and it looks like the shell of the building will be completed soon.
Thanks to the video by Joe Tegtmeyer/YouTube, we can see that the construction of Tesla's factory in Texas has made colossal progress. Throughout the construction site and in some areas outside it, there is a huge amount of building materials and equipment for installation in ready-made premises. As a whole, most of the previously standing structures have now formed one huge building, which continues to grow in different directions.
In the western part, the construction of a new reinforced concrete structure has begun, which has already achieved good progress. Not far from it you can see a large number of steel parts, which hint that in the near future the new structure will accelerate construction.
Installation of Giga Press continues at Casting. The frame of the structure appears to have been assembled and other important components are installing. The concrete slabs have already been installed on the building and the roof is being prepared for the next phase of construction.
Press Shop continues to grow. On the west side, the wall is almost completely finished. At the site next to the building, there is a large amount of prefabricated concrete slabs that will form the walls. The plumbing installation within the building itself has begun.
The installation of large footings has begun in the central part of the site.
According to documents, the First Substantial Completion of Giga Texas will be done by May 1, 2021. Substantial completion is the stage when a construction project is deemed sufficiently completed to the point where the owner can use it for its intended purpose. This definition of substantial completion is based on the language in the American Institute of Architects form contract AIA A-201: General Conditions. Some construction professionals call it practical completion. In other words, at this stage, the test production of vehicles could already begin.
Tesla began construction of Giga Texas in July 2020 and could begin production a year after it starts. This shouldn't come as a big surprise, as in recent years the company has shown significant speed in building factories and releasing new models ahead of schedule. If the company continues to expand and develop at this blistering pace, then other automakers may run out of time in their game of catch-up.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.