Consistent with a corporate policy of investing capital where it can produce the most return, AK Steel made the decision to replace it’s 85-year-old R&D facility on Curtis Street with a new state-of-the-art facility near its most productive mill in Middletown, Ohio.

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BHDP was engaged to plan inventory, equipment, and process requirements for the new facility. The new $36 million facility is positioned on a 16 acre site and encompasses 137,000 sf. Major features include 65,000 sf of pilot production process spaces; 25,000 sf of laboratories used for Wet Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Mechanical Testing, Imaging and Magnetic Testing; 35,000 sf of offi ce space which includes a large Technical Information Center; and 12,000 sf of conference space dedicated to industry colloquia.

The AK Steel Innovation and Research Center is an Edison Award Nominee.