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85 Exchange

Summarize the project's program, features and achievements?

This project consisted of (2) separate buildings independent of each other. Building F was ~198,549 SF, and Building G was ~115,638. They were both designed to be distribution centers for E-commerce. The biggest achievement was the speed at which we were able to build them, while also maintaining excellent quality. We had a plan to build them separately, but the first building pushed due to weather delays. This put us in a situation where we were required to build them both simultaneously, while maintaining our contracted durations. The building pad turnover for Building F was 7/21/23, and we stood the last panel on 9/29/23. The building pad turnover for Building G was 8/25/23, and we stood the last panel on 11/10/23. We built both buildings in less than 4 months, with 18 days claimed for rainfall.

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

The weather was a difficult obstacle to overcome. We were in a situation where we needed to complete a more aggressive schedule in less time than originally planned, and it rained constantly. There were 18 official “rain days" through the months of July-November.

Another hurdle was when we were preparing to stand the panels on Building G, we determined that there was not going to be enough space to build an adequate crane path around the building. We were able to figure out a way to adjust our panel layout so that there was no need for leave out slabs, casting beds or a larger crane.

We also had to redesign the Lift & Brace drawings on Building G to include brace inserts in specific areas & include "top picks" to allow for the storefront panels to be erected safely. There was also (3) Long Strong backs that were installed on (5) separate panels to keep the thin, horizontal concrete beams on them from breaking during erection.

Please communicate any engineering complexities or unique features of the panel design for this project?

Building F had a very intricate storefront, where 2 panels were designed with notched ledges to hold up multiple panels on top of each other to create the architectural features desired by MSA. These panels required inverted brace inserts, and incredible skill by the erection crew to set correctly & safely. Panels were also stacked one in front of the other at the store fronts which required special lift inserts & placement. There was a special glue down, single use form liner that was used to accomplish a natural “wood" finish.

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

This building will be used for E-commerce distribution, providing jobs for those in the area.

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Project Location

Kannapolis, NC 28027
United States

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Merriman Schmitt Architects, Inc.

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Distribution Center
Paint (Textured)
Interlocking Panels
Stacked Panels
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
159 panels
Total Floor Area:
314,187 sq ft (29,188 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
51 ft 3 in (15.62 m)
Widest Panel:
34 ft 0 in (10.36 m)
Largest Panel:
1,285 sq ft (119.4 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
160,000 lbs (72,575 kg)
Longest Spandrel:
17 ft 9 in (5.41 m)