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Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Distribution Center

RS&H provided architectural and engineering design for Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals new distribution center. The project consists of a 224,000-square-foot conditioned warehouse and a 20,000-square-foot office building adjacent to the warehouse. A 60,000-square-foot warehouse expansion and a 10,000-square-foot office expansion can be accommodated on the site.

The building’s shell construction consists of concrete tilt-up wall panels and a modified bitumen roof over metal deck and bar joists. A 50-foot by 40-foot bay spacing with a minimum clear height of 30 feet is provided throughout the warehouse. A 1,700-square-foot DEA approved vault is provided within the warehouse with provisions for a future cooler adjacent to the vault. The warehouse space is conditioned to 75 degrees by twenty, 20-ton roof top units. A 60-ton Trane Intellipak unit with full VAV control is provided for the office. The facility has nine dock high doors with provisions for ten future doors.

Site work included site layout, grading, paving, site utilities, storm water management, and landscaping for 16 acres of a 21-acre site. A 2.7-acre detention pond is designed to service the entire 21-acre site.

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Kraft Foods, Inc. - Maxwell House Coffee Company

RS&H provided design services for additions and alterations to Maxwell House’s coffee plant.  The facility consists of a main multistory processing building and a separate can plant connected to the main building with a conveyor bridge. 

Representative projects include:

  • Pile foundation for a 300,000-gallon waste water equalization tank
  • Pit and foundation design for a stretch wrapper installation
  • Platform additions for access to cable conveyors
  • Platform additions for existing chaff tank
  • Green bean unloading station consisting of foundations for a trailer
  • dump platform, truck dock/platform extension, and a PEMB cover over the entire area
  • Can plant modification to convert one can line from steel containers to plastic containers.  Steel containers are manufactured in this plant, but the plastic containers will be shipped in from an outside source.  Project specifics are a 3,000-square-foot sorting mezzanine, conveyor platforms and supports, draft curtains to meet FM requirements for plastic storage, added truck dock door and leveler, new lighting, and fire protection.
  • Sugar silo access platform and ladder addition
  • Screen wall addition
  • Floor loading analyses
  • Adding and filling in-floor openings
  • HVAC upgrades to an area within the processing plant

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Ceva Logistics

Ceva Logistics, the world’s second largest logistics company,  commissioned RS&H to perform a comprehensive facility condition survey for seven existing warehouse facilities: Laurens, South Carolina (1,200,000 square feet); Moody, Alabama (600,000 square feet); Elkton, Maryland (750,000 square feet); Temperance, Michigan (750,000 square feet); Houston, Texas (660,000 square feet); Reno, Nevada (625,000 square feet); and Monee, Illinois (700,000 square feet) as part of a transaction to sell the existing buildings.  Based on the client’s quick turnaround needed on the project, RS&H mobilized to the sites within days of contract execution.  Due to the locations throughout the continental United States, RS&H utilized its national footprint of offices and several teams to accomplish the site inspections within two weeks.  The condition survey consisted of visual inspections of the facilities to document deficient conditions.  The condition survey report contained information regarding recommendations and approximate dollar values to correct deficient conditions observed including damaged areas, deterioration, and improper workmanship.

RS&H also evaluated the life expectancy of equipment, roofing, structural elements, and other building systems.  RS&H reviewed building sealants, doors/windows, exterior/interior finishes, and operation of all loading dock doors and levelers.  

The completed seven-volume report including detailed summaries, photographs, and budget costs was provided to the client within three weeks of contract execution, ahead of schedule. 

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Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. Retail Support Center

RS&H provided design and construction administration services for a 575,000-square-foot addition to an existing 525,000-square-foot full-service grocery and perishable Winn-Dixie distribution center.

The warehouse expansion included a new 150,000-square-foot freezer addition, a new 10,000-square-foot milk cooler, and a 360,000-square-foot expansion of the existing grocery warehouse.

The project also included a new 45,000-square-foot salvage, reclaim, and store maintenance facility and a 10,000-square-foot expansion of the gatehouse/maintenance garage, including a new truck fueling island with two, 12,000-gallon above-ground diesel fuel tanks.

RS&H also performed a life safety code review and plans were prepared indicating existing requirements and paths of egress for the entire 1.1 million-square-foot facility.  In addition, complete fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems were designed for the facility.

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BJ’s Wholesale Club - Southeast Distribution Center

RS&H provided full-service architectural and building engineering design for BJ’s Wholesale Club’s new distribution center in Jacksonville, Florida. The project included a 290,000-square-foot warehouse, a 170,000-square-foot cross-dock, and 20,000 square feet of office space.

The facility’s shell construction consists of a pre-engineered metal building with split face CMU and metal panel exterior walls.  A 60-foot by 44-foot bay spacing with a 32-foot clear height is provided in the warehouse, and a 67-foot by 40-foot bay spacing with a 20-foot clear height is provided in the cross-dock.   There are a total of 173 dock high doors.  Each is equipped with a hydraulic dock leveler.  Additionally, three dock doors with forklift ramps serve the facility.

Rooftop exhaust fans with interlocked side wall louvers ventilate the warehouse and cross-dock. Natural gas fired air rotation units provide heat in the facility.  Metal halide luminaries supply warehouse and cross-dock lighting. Both spaces are protected with an ESFR fire sprinkler system.

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SPO Distribution Center

This new General Motors Corporation SPO distribution facility was designed and built under a fast-track delivery program by the developer-designer-contractor team as the premier turn-key development in Jacksonville, Florida’s, newest commercial office and industrial park.

RS&H provide architecture and engineering services for the new state-of-the-art facility. The center is fully air conditioned and includes 30 dock-high loading berths with electric-hydraulic dock levelers and two ramped high-bay doors for fork lift access. The 40-foot by 50-foot structural bays provide 24 feet clear-height for high-pile storage. The facility also incorporates rail service that extends into the warehouse enclosure. The fire sprinkler system is an Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR) system, providing excellence protection.

The exterior walls of the warehouse are 31 feet high, site cast, tilt-up concrete panels with textured exterior coating. Additionally, the 10,000-square-foot office block is enclosed in reflective, floor-to-ceiling double-pane glass. The entire complex is designed to accommodate future expansion to 452,000 square feet without disrupting operations.

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Tree of Life Distribution Center

Tree of Life, Inc., is one of the largest certified organic distributors in the US. In order to consolidate a previously split group of facilities located in both St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida, the company desired a single facility. The new Southeast Reserve Storage Facility located in St. Augustine increases the efficient response to requests for product shipping. RS&H provide architectural, engineering, planning, and environmental services for the storage facility.

The 234,000-square-foot facility, in which 15,000 square feet were designed as cooler/freezer storage, is air conditioned and humidity controlled, providing a high-quality environment for products. The facility provides workers with 12,500 square feet of office and computer space. Additionally, the distribution center was designed to conserve energy, with the implementation of an automated lighting control system that uses motion detectors.

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