Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM)
Prince George County, Virginia
Square Feet: 63,000
2014, Design Excellence Award, Institutional, AIA Northern Virginia
2013, Honor Award, AIA Potomac Valley
2013, Best of Best, Global Best Projects Awards, Engineering News-Record (ENR)
2013, Best Manufacturing Project, Engineering News-Record (ENR) Mid-Atlantic
The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), located south of Richmond VA, is a research collaboration between the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, and manufacturing companies worldwide, including Rolls Royce North America. The 63,000 SF state-of-the-art facility has been designed for manufacturers to collaborate with faculty and students from Virginia’s top research and teaching institutions to perform advanced research in surface engineering and manufacturing systems. CCAM houses engineering and computational labs, as well as a large high-bay space for prototypical manufacturing processes, including thermal spraying, directed vapor disposition, and multi-axis milling. The facilities also include core laboratories for materials preparation, surface characterization, and computer visualization, as well as conferencing and amenity spaces for CCAM employees and visitors.
CCAM is the only collaboration of its kind in North America. By pooling resources of universities and member companies, it offers a new model for accelerating the transitions of research breakthroughs into product development and manufacturing techniques. The founding companies involved with this facility and its initial research operations include Canon Virginia Inc., Chromalloy, Newport News Shipbuilding, Rolls-Royce North America, Sandvik Coromant, and Siemens.
In March 2012, President Obama spoke at the Crosspointe campus, where he outlined the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), designed to spur innovation by bringing together private industry, universities, community colleges, and government in purpose-built collaborative research centers. The president cited CCAM as a model of the type of institution that would be needed to facilitate the NNMI initiative.