Summarize the project's program, features, and achievements: • This speculative warehouse is a 209,045 SF rear load facility located in Charleston, South Carolina. It is a single user building but has knockouts for a potential secondary office. The building is a concrete tilt-up and convention steel design with metal deck, polyiso, and TPO roofing system. The roof drainage system utilizes gutter and downspouts and interior roof drawings at the canopy and four corners of the building. Curtain walls have been used with varying mullion patterns to accentuate the entry feature. An alucabond clad canopy creates a nook for the office space and potential break area and giving the corner a very dominate visual street presence. Curtain walls are used down the east and west walls at all personnel door locations instead of traditional clerestories. The reveal pattern on the tilt-up and stamped concrete flooring all use a square grid that is further emphasized in the varying artistic mullion pattern. Traditional Louvers and exhaust fans are used for standard air changes. Traditional pump room with roof access is utilized, and due to seismic concerns full heigh bracing was used.
What obstacles were overcome related to the schedule, budget, program, specification, site, etc. on this project? The idea for the grand gesture entry was derived from a conversation with the owner where he wanted this building to really hold the corner of this main intersection. From this we started looking at the site and its constraints and due to site challenges we had this weird corner that typically we would just do a diagonal wall but since it faced the street we took a different approach and thought, “how can we make this problem a feature?”. From that meeting we then sketched through multiple iterations of the corner and thought about how to rethink the typical shell building ‘box’. Through the design process we decided to either make this the entry or a place for people. The final design intention was to keep this area as flexible as possible but incorporate it into the design. We used the canopy to create a space out of the void. We extended tilt panels with voids to somewhat enclose the space and lowered the canopy to create a sense of scale. The curtain wall allowed light to penetrate a future office and storefront allows flexibility to place doors to access this space for future tenants.
Please communicate any engineering complexities or unique features of the panel design for this project. ? Seismic played a big role in the panel thickness, bracing, and canopy design. The project had several structural engineering complexities that required extensive coordination and collaboration from all team members including construction in a high seismic and high wind area, bad soils, non-adjacent panels with curtain walls between, the design of an open canopy, pilasters of different thicknesses within the same panels, and large curtain wall designs. The panel design used varying thickness of panels at the entry to create the portal like features that frame the exterior area under the canopy. We utilized reveals to create the modular rectangles in the exterior skin and used varying mullions to play with the modular design by making them artistically random.
What is the potential for this project's impact on the community and/or environment? The idea was to make this building a statement for the corner and to push the envelope on what an industrial building can be. We wanted to make it appealing to the eye and a place that people would like to be in. The large glass windows allow for natural light in both the warehouse and office areas. The building will serve as a place of employment and will hopefully influence any future development in this community to raise the bar from standard industrial design.
Ladson, SC 29456
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