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CB Supplies Addition

Summarize the project's program, features and achievements?

Our project involved the addition of a new space to an existing building within an active truck loading and unloading yard. The key challenges were managing construction activities without disrupting the ongoing operations of the yard and ensuring the timely delivery of the project. The project required meticulous coordination, particularly due to the unique demands posed by the height of the new structure and the absence of exterior overhead doors.

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

Working within an operational truck yard required careful scheduling to avoid disrupting ongoing loading and unloading activities. We developed a dynamic scheduling system, coordinating construction activities in real-time with yard operations. Managing concrete pumping, placement, finishing, and crane operations for tilting panels in an active yard was complex. Detailed planning sessions with all stakeholders, including concrete and crane crews, aligned their activities. Advanced scheduling software was used to map out each project phase, ensuring that crane lifts and concrete pours did not interfere with truck movements. Installing structural steel to accommodate the later lifting of the tilt-up panels required precise coordination. We collaborated closely with the steel contractor, planning the lifting sequence to facilitate safe and efficient panel lifts.

The new addition was much taller than the existing building, necessitating very tall panels. The design and engineering teams created structurally sound panels for safe lifting and installation. Special lifting equipment and techniques were employed to handle the increased height and weight. With no exterior overhead doors, efficient equipment loading into the new space was essential. We cut pass-through openings between the new and existing buildings early in the project. This allowed equipment to be moved into the new space before the tilt panels were lifted, with the openings later finished to integrate seamlessly with the overall structure.

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

The architectural specifications required multiple panels of varying heights to accommodate the design aesthetics and functional requirements of the new addition. This necessitated a highly customized approach to panel design and fabrication. Each panel was engineered with precise height specifications, ensuring they integrated seamlessly with the overall structure. Advanced modeling software was used to design the panels, taking into account the structural load, wind resistance, and other environmental factors. The variation in heights added complexity to the lifting and placement process, requiring meticulous planning and coordination to ensure safe and accurate installation.

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Project Location

Surrey, BC V3S 7M7

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
RAM Construction, Inc.
Concrete Contractor:
RAM Construction, Inc.
Weiler Smith Bowers Structural Engineers
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Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Distribution Center
Paint (Flat)
Sandwich Panel (Composite)
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
24 panels
Total Floor Area:
13,720 sq ft (1,275 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
38 ft 11 in (11.86 m)
Widest Panel:
17 ft 11 in (5.46 m)
Heaviest Panel:
89,267 lbs (40,491 kg)