US-based ACMI Properties, a unit of the American Center for Manufacturing & Innovation (ACMI) Group, has been selected to oversee a new munitions-focused industrial campus development project.

The project is part of a $75m US Department of Defense (DoD) contract secured by ACMI Federal.

ACMI Properties’ scope of work includes site selection, entitlements, design, financing, construction and leasing, which will be carried out with consultants and partners selected for the project.

ACMI Properties Development head Simon Shewmaker said: “The campus will support the DoD’s need for a resilient munitions’ ecosystem, lowering entry barriers with shared infrastructure and collaborative space to drive synergies for established manufacturers and newer players.

“We hope to make scaling new emerging hardware technologies synonymous with the name ACMI Properties.”

Robert Wardle will serve as chief architect for the campus, with Shewmaker to oversee the development process.

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ACMI’s Munitions Campus aims to provide an “ecosystem of complimentary companies focused on a particular technology” with the crucial competencies required to develop and produce munitions.

The campus is built on a hub-and-spoke model and will act as a catalyst for research and development activities, prototyping and low-rate initial production.

It will feature flexible industrial and office spaces of various floor plans to address tenant requirements.

Planning stages are already underway for additional campus projects, with an emphasis on battery production, space and hypersonic systems.

ACMI Group founder John Burer said: “Revitalising domestic manufacturing capabilities is integral to national security.

“ACMI Properties is honoured to be working with the DoD, academic and commercial partners to rebuild domestic supply chains and support the growth of innovative players in these critical markets.”