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NEA Group Production Facility

Summarize the project's program, features, and achievements: STASSKOL is a company of special purpose machinery manufacturers. Sealing elements for oscillating systems such as reciprocating compressors and rotating systems such as fans, turbo compressors, agitators, etc. The new facility consists of a one-story corporate Office building attached to a conditioned 100’ clear span Production facility that houses (2) 10-ton cranes. The Office building structure is conventional steel frame with a load bearing tilt-wall exterior. The Production building is comprised of a PEMB structure with a tilt-wall skin – a metal R-panel end wall was provided for future expansion. Specialized foundations were required for equipment and jib cranes. Window size was maximized to provide daylighting to the Office and Production Area.

What obstacles were overcome related to the schedule, budget, program, specification, site, etc. on this project? The new building is on a tract of land adjacent to an existing tilt-wall building. The client wanted the new building to be unique, but compatible with the existing tilt-wall building design. This caused building layout issues since a fire lane could not be provided around the new building, limiting the maximum height of the Production building. The client required a set hook height for their (2) 10-ton cranes and the design team had to work closely to avoid exceeding the max building height of 30’-0”. The 100’ clear span presented additional clearance issues with the depth of the PEMB main frame members and the required hook height.

Please communicate any engineering complexities or unique features of the panel design for this project. ? Clerestory windows above the crane rails were provided for daylighting in the Production area. Continuous rigid board insulation was installed at the inside face of tilt-wall of the conditioned Production area. A roof expansion joint was placed between the Office building and Production building, though both tilt-wall exteriors had two different types of steel framing. Reveals and formliner were added to the Office façade to add texture to the building. Pre-finished sunshades were provided at the West and South Office elevations to reduce the heat gain at the windows. ACM metal panels were provided to accent the main building entry.

What is the potential for this project's impact on the community and/or environment? The facility was constructed next to NEA Group, the parent company of STASSKOL. The new production and repair facility location will streamline workflow between the two facilities. The standing seam room and PEMB roof structure of the Production building were designed to accommodate solar panels in the future.

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Project Location

Katy, TX 77449
United States


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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Seeberger Architecture
Bihner Chen Engineering Ltd

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Manufacturing Plant
Paint (Textured)
Embedded Items
Post Applied (Interior)
Number of Floors:
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
18,404 sq ft (1,710 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
26,571 sq ft (2,468 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
Widest Panel:
27 ft 9 in (8.46 m)
Largest Panel:
648 sq ft (60.2 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
75,500 lbs (34,246 kg)
Longest Spandrel:
24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)