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Axial Bonds Farm

Summarize the project's program, features and achievements?

This 247,000 square foot spec building with a 36' clear height is one of three buildings in the new Axial Bonds Farm Industrial development. The intriguing design has received accolades from the real estate and development community due to its unique angular design at the corner entry features. On a very prominent site fronting I-85. It has quickly become a local landmark. The extensive use of warm, wood plank patterned ceramic tile is complimented by the angular charcoal colored aluminum sun shading devices. The use of charcoal painted diagonal reveals reinforces the strong angles on the sides of the building. The complex reveal pattern and numerous accent colors create an inviting approach to tilt-up design.

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

There were several challenges with both budget and fire access code compliance. We originally designed angular aluminum sun shades as solid ACM canopies. The resulting sun shades significantly reduced cost and these shading elements added interesting shadow effects to the elevations. The site was also challenging as its two road access points were not remote enough to comply with the fire departments requirements which delayed the project from commencing construction. However, once the AHJ understood the non-combustible nature of the concrete tilt-up walls and construction type, along with the ESFR sprinkler system, we were able to negotiate approval.

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

The engineering challenges to structural support and panel lifting design revolved around the eccentric loading of the angular, asymmetric corner panels. These panels were designed with numerous sacrificial panel legs that were removed after erection to expedite lifting and welding, while maintaining the unique design intent.

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

The name Bonds Farm refers to the previous owner and his farming land use. Of course, the property had been in the family for generations so we were all very focused on creating something that would make the previous farmer and his family proud. Through thoughtful design we were able to accomplish our goal.

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Project Location

Concord, 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
Applied Ornament
Paint (Textured)
Angled Panels (Elevation-Edge/Shape)
Angled Panels (Plan-Orientation/Position)
Cantilevered Panels
Interlocking Panels
Shadow Panels
Stacked Panels
Post Applied (Interior)
Number of Floors:
Total Floor Area:
247,080 sq ft (22,954 sq m)
Project Footprint:
247,080 sq ft (22,954 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
49 ft 0 in (14.94 m)
Widest Panel:
33 ft 0 in (10.06 m)
Largest Panel:
1,617 sq ft (150.2 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
3,087 lbs (1,400 kg)
Tallest Cantilever:
49 ft 0 in (14.94 m)
Longest Spandrel:
20 ft 0 in (6.10 m)