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Showplace Farms

Summarize the project's program, features and achievements.

The Showplace Farms BLDG 1 is the largest of the four structures built by Alston construction on behalf of Crow Holdings on their newly acquired business campus at 505 NJ-33E Millstone Township NJ, 08535. This building is 1,000,00 S.F. in size and has a 40' clear storage height within the building from slab to bottom of steel structure. The walls are comprised of concrete insulated tilt panels that are 11 1/4” thick with a trowel interior finish. The building slab is consisted of 7” unreinforced concrete at 4,000 psi on granular sub-base layer, and overall shell is complete with steel structure and sealed with an R-30 TPO system. The building has 4 drive in doors and 172 dock door positions, with 108 dock leveler positions consisting of 31 hydraulic levelers and 77 mechanical levelers. Each leveler location is complete with dock seals and bumpers and ready for tenant use. The building is complete with all gas, domestic, fire suppression, and electrical utility services ready for tenant move in. The building is currently core and shell design only, and is in progress of being designed for future tenant needs and requests. As for exterior finishes, the North West and South East corners of the building have fully glazed storefront entrances. All windows are Kal-Wall Verti-Kal translucent panel systems to allow light into the building while securing privacy.

The Showplace Farms BLDG 2 is the second largest of the 4 structures built on the campus. This building is 220,000 S.F. in size and has a 36' clear storage height within the building from finished slab to bottom of steel structure. The walls are comprised of concrete insulated tilt panels that are 11 1/4” thick with a brush interior finish. The Showplace Farms 1,151 S.F. Fire Pump House BLDG consists of concrete insulated tilt panels at 11 ¼” thick against a 250,000 Gal. fire water storage tank, tied together with steel support structure and sealed with a TPO roof system. The interior of the building contains domestic and fire suppression utility rooms to feed the entire site. The fire suppression utility room contains all equipment to draw water from onsite well, feed storage tank, and pump water into the surrounding building's fire loop and suppression system. The domestic side of this building contains a domestic water treatment system used to treat the existing well water for pH as needed to reach health code, then pumped and disbursed to all other structures on campus. The Showplace Farms 625 S.F. Waste Water Treatment Plant BLDG is comprised of concrete insulated tilt panels at 11 ¼” thick complete with steel structure and TPO roofing. The interior contains multiple tanks and chemical introducing equipment systems tied into tanks outside of the building. The exterior tanks are further set and tied together to allow the treatment and chemicals from the building be introduced into the sanitary water to reach a final safety disposure into the drip field located behind the building safely and naturally.

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

During the construction phase, our project team was met with quite a few obstacles that would make completing the project substantially more difficult. Due to the regulations set by the Township of Millstone we were unable to undergo any construction activities through the evening & early morning hours. This implemented a new time restriction for us to stay within work hours of 7am – 6pm every week day and 9am - 6pm on weekends. Due to us having to pour concrete within that specified time frame, we were forced to do smaller pours than we expected. With that being said, with careful coordination and planning, our team was able to re-work the schedule to not extend or push due to these circumstances. Another substantial obstacle we were forced to overcome stemmed from the coronavirus outbreak and resulting economic effects. This lead to us facing material shortages in all aspects of construction. We were able to avoid this by taking preemptive measures with owner and design team cooperation. During the earliest phases of construction vast research was conducted to establish all long lead items which were then submitted to the owners/designers for approval to allow for on time delivery and installation when required.

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

This project contained interlocking panels located at all office areas as per the architectural design. The accent panel (tallest panel) is interlocked into the adjacent panel (heaviest panel) in order to complete the triangular accent designed by the architect. This occurs at all both office areas on BLDG 1 & both at BLDG 2 as well. All office area entrances on BLDG 1 & BLDG 2 are also lowered, but are still consisted of tilt panels on all four sides. Thus, this lead to the office area entrances becoming their own separate structural diaphragms from the overall building core structure. There is a smaller accent on both buildings. This accent is sandwiched between two separate panels. The small triangular accent is emphasized by being set behind the overall North & South wall office entrance panels. However, it sits in front of the main North & South wall warehouse panels, leaving this accent at a different depth than the overall warehouse & office walls.

What is the potential for this project's impact on the community and/or environment?

Both buildings have the potential to create new job opportunities to residents within the immediate and surrounding communities. Based off building size and the occupancy loads calculated, this could possibly lead to more than 2,000 jobs from BLDG 1 and hundreds from BLDG 2. Due to the bio-retentions & wet ponds on site, all storm water will be significantly cleaner upon re-entry into the natural surrounding environment than what was previously existing prior to construction.

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Project Location

Township, NJ 08535
United States

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Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Distribution Center
Paint (Textured)
Sandwich Panel (Composite)
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
187 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
231,620 sq ft (21,517 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
1,000,000 sq ft (92,900 sq m)
Project Footprint:
1,001,420 sq ft (93,032 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
53 ft 4 in (16.26 m)
Widest Panel:
49 ft 9 in (15.16 m)
Largest Panel:
975 sq ft (90.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
190,000 lbs (86,183 kg)