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Coastal Heights Distribution Centre

Summarize the project's program, features, and achievements: The Coastal Heights Distribution Centre, located in Surrey, BC, Canada, exemplifies innovation, sustainability, and excellence in the field of large-format distribution facilities. The project stands out due to its cutting-edge design and commitment to energy efficiency. Using insulated concrete tilt-up panels, designed according to the latest ASHRAE energy code standards, showcases a forward-thinking approach to construction. One of the noteworthy features of the Coastal Heights Distribution Centre is the impressive panel count of 341 insulated panels, covering a total surface area of 142,491 sq. ft. These panels are meticulously designed to incorporate various features such as reveals, embedded items (steel), and a sandwich (composite) insulation system. This attention to detail ensures not only functional excellence but also adds an aesthetic appeal to the facility. Spanning an expansive 425,000 square feet, the Coastal Heights Distribution Centre has successfully addressed the growing need for light industrial lease space in the Campbell Heights business park in Surrey. Constructed to the highest specifications, the facility boasts clear heights of 36 feet in the warehouse, providing ample vertical space for efficient storage and logistics operations. Numerous design features have been incorporated to promote environmental responsibility and minimize the facility's ecological footprint. By adhering to sustainable practices, the project has contributed to the local region's long-term well-being and set a precedent for future developments. The Coastal Heights Distribution Centre is now home to the Skechers' first Distribution Centre in Canada. This collaboration further underscores the project's significance and impact, as it serves as a hub for one of the world's leading footwear companies, providing efficient distribution capabilities for their operations in Canada.

What obstacles were overcome related to the schedule, budget, program, specification, site, etc. on this project? During the construction of the Coastal Heights Distribution Centre project, Orion Construction faced a significant hurdle—an unexpected shortage of cranes for lifting the large panels required for the construction. Recognizing the critical importance of staying on schedule, the team quickly devised a plan to overcome this obstacle. Orion Construction took a bold step and decided to bring in a 500-ton alternate crane all the way from Texas. This unconventional solution required extensive coordination and logistical expertise, but the team was determined to keep the project on track. The construction crew immediately contacted their network of contacts and worked tirelessly to secure the necessary equipment. Their persistence paid off as they successfully arranged for the massive alternate crane to be transported from abroad. Once the alternate crane arrived at the construction site, the crew wasted no time integrating it into their operations. The skilled crane operators skillfully maneuvered the colossal machine, lifting each panel with precision and expertise. The project regained its momentum, and the construction progressed smoothly. Thanks to Orion Construction's proactive approach and their willingness to think outside the box, the Coastal Heights Distribution Centre project stayed on schedule. The successful implementation of the 500-ton alternate crane demonstrated the team's resourcefulness and commitment to delivering results. Orion Construction's ability to adapt and find innovative solutions in the face of adversity further solidified its reputation as a reliable and forward-thinking construction company.

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Project Location

Surrey, BC V3S 3W7

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Weiler Smith Bowers Structural Engineers
Andrew Fyfe

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Distribution Center
Paint (Flat)
Cantilevered Panels
Embedded Items
Sandwich Panel (Composite)
Number of Floors:
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
142,491 sq ft (13,237 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
427,969 sq ft (39,758 sq m)
Project Footprint:
425,869 sq ft (39,563 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
43 ft 11 in (13.39 m)
Widest Panel:
25 ft 9 in (7.85 m)
Largest Panel:
901 sq ft (83.7 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
127,417 lbs (57,795 kg)
Tallest Cantilever:
21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)
Longest Spandrel:
25 ft 3 in (7.70 m)