Design/Build - New Construction
The location of Frederick Steel’s warehouse and office is another great example where site work conditions were obstacles to be overcome.
The existing site was formerly home to a chemical company from 1950 through 2005. After a soils test was performed, evidence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were discovered. Additionally, the soils were soft and had to be stabilized using vibratory stone columns that densify the earth between the columns. Over 200 vibratory stone columns at 8’ deep were installed to solidify the building pad.
Due to the VOCs existent in the earth, a vapor mitigation system (VMS) was required. The VMS consisted of several overlapping systems that cohesively minimize any chance of gases permeating the air within the facility. The vapor mitigation system consisted of routing pvc piping at subgrade with internal radon fans to pull any gaseous vapors through the piping and release it above and away from the building. Additionally, Stego wrap was installed beneath the entire concrete slab of the warehouse and office.
The building is a pre-engineered metal building or PEMB. At the high eaves of the entire perimeter of the warehouse are translucent panels which allow enough natural light during the day that Frederick Steel can operate without their lights on. Two massive make-up air units (MUAs) help to condition and alleviate negative pressure inside the warehouse and there are six industrial fans to help circulate air.
Lastly, the building features four 20 ton cranes to cover the entire 100,000 sf floor space in the warehouse and to load semi-truck beds with steel product.
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