Summarize the project's program, features, and achievements: A 392,000 SF design-build refrigerated insulated tilt-wall building for one of the largest beer distributors in the world with mixed-use of warehousing, dock-high distribution, fleet maintenance facility, truck wash facility, and offices for sales and management staff. This building features sandwiched insulated and non-insulated tilt wall panels with typical reveals, inset architectural metal panels, and integrated curtain wall and storefront systems. With unique customer needs, this facility stands out on it's own on multiple avenues which were successfully met and accomplished.
What obstacles were overcome related to the schedule, budget, program, specification, site, etc. on this project? With steel fluctuations, supply chain disruptions, and ongoing COVID challenges, this project had a lot of resistance from the start. We began with releasing this joist and decking package really early to protect our customers from looming increases and lead times. In addition to that, insulation was extremely difficult to get due to shortages and otherworldly impacts so we focused the design effort primarily on the structural elements so we could secure those products quickly. In doing so, we were able to order the Thermomass insulation products ahead of time to ensure on-time delivery to the site to prevent delay. We timed out the slab pour to be able to receive the joist and decking delivery smoothly and began steel erection immediately since the building footprint allowed it. During that process, we then had the time to focus on the insulated panels and insulation to ensure quality and accuracy. The pre-planning and material timing made a significant impact on the overall success of the project.
Please communicate any engineering complexities or unique features of the panel design for this project. ? With a mixture of insulated panels and non-insulated panels, identifying those precise areas of transition for constructability, moisture barrier quality, and erecting ease was heavily considered and managed. Due to interior clear height minimums in the warehouse area, managing steel heights relative to panel connections required constant consideration of panel widths due to panel heights to keep panel weights for crane sizes manageable and affordable.
What is the potential for this project's impact on the community and/or environment? With large volume quantities in panels and paving, this facility offers high volumes of carbon offset which naturally occurs in cured concrete. From an economical standpoint, this centrally located facility offers significant job opportunities from unskilled labor levels all the way to warehouse or office salaried management positions. For an even further community impact, this site was completely undeveloped and this project added detention capacity, drainage, utility expansion for the local MUD District, and significant tax revenue increases for the MUD District to aide in lower tax burdens for local residents.
Houston, TX 77041
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