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Empire West Business Park Building 9

Summarize the project's program, features and achievements.

Empire West Business Park Building 9 is the Crown Jewel of a 300-acre industrial park for a national real estate services, development, and investment company that is located in Brookshire, TX, 30 miles west of Houston, TX. Covering approximately 1,039,060 SF, Building 9 is one of six buildings in Phase 2 of the Business Park's Development and the largest of nine buildings overall. The development and Building 9 sit alongside 5,000 feet of major highway access, providing direct proximity to major population centers.

What obstacles were overcome related to the schedule, budget, program, specification, site, etc. on this project?

Schedule was a big obstacle as we were expected to complete the building pad and a majority of panels within about 16-18 weeks. To meet this demanding schedule we needed to accomplish 3-4 slab pours a week, each between 830CY-1150CY, while sequencing pours to allow us to jump on panel forming and pouring as soon possible; panels would follow behind slab construction very closely in order to meet our expected completion date of that scope and allow for panel and steel erection to begin. Although a very intense schedule, we successfully met our timeline to allow the erectors to begin when anticipated.

Communicate any engineering complexities or unique features of the panel design for this project.

The entry Flag Panels were a unique component to this and other buildings on the Project that required much design and construction consideration. Due to the length and size of the cantilevered portion of these panels, solutions such as numerous top lifting inserts, two-line cranes for erection/setting, strategically placed temporary support legs, use of strongbacks, and rebar design were crucial parts in the proper construction and success of these design elements.

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Project Location

Brookshire, TX 77423
United States

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Powers Brown Architecture
LJB Inc.

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Distribution Center
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
192 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
476,225 sq ft (44,241 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
1,039,060 sq ft (96,529 sq m)
Project Footprint:
1,039,060 sq ft (96,529 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
52 ft 11 in (16.13 m)
Widest Panel:
27 ft 11 in (8.51 m)
Largest Panel:
1,312 sq ft (121.9 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
169,540 lbs (76,902 kg)
Tallest Cantilever:
52 ft 11 in (16.13 m)