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Wilmington-based Mitchell Associates, an architectural design and project-management firm, won a contract from Fisker Automotive to create a master plan for the architectural redesign of the former General Motors assembly plant site on Boxwood Road in Newport.

The first phase will target the administration building and renovation of several perimeter buildings in the extensive plant complex will follow.

Fisker plans to use the plant to produce hybrid electric cars starting in 2012. The plant is expected to employ about 2,000 at full production.

Mitchell Associates' master plan for the project will include interior space planning and office fit-out; and will address the building's mechanical, electrical and plumbing needs.

In preparing the plan, Mitchell has assembled a team that includes Delaware Engineering and Design Corp. of Newark and a grounds and landscaping group from the University of Delaware.

Fisker representative Jeff Garland said the short list of firms considered for the project were all Delaware-based.

"Being an American car company and supporter of local communities, Fisker wanted to keep jobs in Delaware," he said.
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