Market Sector Automotive

A Building Solution for Tesla to Expand Immediately



  • TESLA, Inc.


  • Tesla needed to add additional production capacity immediately, for their new model 3 vehicle.


  • Tesla had two existing Sprung structures and decided that a 150’ wide x 915’ long Sprung structure was the fastest solution.


  • Delivery and Construction – 19 days


  • An assembly line was constructed inside the structure in conjunction with the structure erection. Production was able to start while the finishing touches on the structure were completed


Sprung Tent Fabric Structure Assembly Line

What people are saying:

“We believe in rapid evolution,” Mr. Musk said in an interview. “It’s like, find a way or make a way. If conventional thinking makes your mission impossible, then unconventional thinking is necessary.”
(Boudette 2018, nytimes.com)

“No standard automotive solution could be built in time,” said Musk, “so we created a new solution. It is working and has slightly higher quality than the more traditional general assembly line. Perhaps most surprising is that the total cost of production in the sprung tent is lower.”
(NBC 2018)

“A new building was impossible, so we built a giant tent in 2 weeks,” Musk Tweeted last weekend. “And it’s way better than the other GA [general assembly] line that cost hundreds of millions!”
(Davies 2018, Wired)

“Tesla is building up under a giant new tent at the Fremont factory…
Everyone has been calling it a “tent”, but it’s a Sprung structure, which is a much stronger type of building that can actually be used permanently.”

(Lambert 2018, Electrek)

“First off, “giant” is a fair descriptor. Nearly 1,000 feet long, 150 feet wide, and 53 feet tall, the tent covers 137,250 square feet. That’s enough to fit two and a half football fields, 122 Model 3 sedans, or, an assembly line.”
(Davies 2018, Wired)

“Team deserves recognition, this was miraculous,” tweeted Elon Musk.
(Cyrus Farivar 2018, Ars Technica)