Calspan Development and Construction designed and built the 58,000 square foot facility which is located at Calspan’s Headquarters in Buffalo, NY. This multi-million dollar laboratory was constructed to run 1,000 crash tests per year to support vehicle manufacturers and government research and compliance testing.
The new facility was designed to streamline the crash testing process, support market demands, and create a secure environment for high profile test needs.The Construction & Development team collaborated with the Crash Lab's engineering team, to create the most-efficient, highly-secure, independent test lab in North America. They were able to bring testing indoors to a fully climate controlled setting, along with purchasing and installing cutting edge technology to bring data capturing abilities to the next level.
The new facility allows for all of the testing resources to live under one roof. Secure and private preparation bays, easy access to Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD) labs (where the crash test dummies are stored and prepped), comfortable client workstations and lounges, and the crash halls are all connected to increase security and efficiency.
The facility has a 75ft x 90ft frontal barrier crash hall, a 160ft x 90ft side impact/high energy crash hall, and two massive photo pits (20ft x 14ft) in each crash hall that allow full body under views of crash test vehicles.