The building serves as the distribution center for Skechers USA. The project was designed with a 40-foot clear height minimum at the first girder in from both dock sides (cross-dock configuration). Due to the size and height of the building, Tilt-Up panels were able to act as shear walls and provide all the dock doors needed for the building (244 dock-high loading doors and 58 knock-out openings for future doors). There are two interior Tilt-Up panel wall lines which play a dual role of shear wall and Maximum-Foreseeable-Loss (MFL) /High-Fire-Challenge walls. They are tied into the diaphragm on both sides and are Factory Mutual Compliant.
The long dimension of the building runs east/west 2,847 feet. The north wall has several unique features and is one of the dock-door wall lines. The panels are configured in groups of four. Each group is designed with the top of parapet sloping, as well as the face of the wall panels angling out four feet. This design gives the illusion of the building stepping down in elevation as you pass it on the freeway. In reality the floor is level in the east/west direction and slopes 0.5 percent in the north/south direction.
Angled end panels were utilized for the air-intake louvers capturing the east/west winds contributing to the air quality of the warehouse. Using a concrete bond beam cast with the panels allowed all the roof framing trusses at the north side to be the same length. This reduced the cost of the roof structure and allowed the ledger to be used as chord of the roof diaphragm. The roof structure was designed with provisions to allow for solar to be installed on 145,000 square feet of the roof. This is one of the largest single tilt-up buildings designed with seismic near source Ss=2.0 as well as one of the most architecturally enhanced distribution centers of its kind.
Rancho Belago, CA 92555
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