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Archive for July, 2013

Jim Knox Chrysler Opens in Hillsdale

The latest project by O’Harrow Construction, Jim Knox Chrysler has opened in Hillsdale, Michigan. This project involved the design & construction of a renovation to an existing auto dealership building that consisted of partial demolition and reconstruction of the front of the building, remodeling of existing office areas, and new concrete and hot mix asphalt parking areas. Total area of building renovation was 4800 square feet. Work included constructing curved interior partitions, placing glass panels on the front & sides of the exterior reconstructed portion of the building and building a distinctive decorative arch structure on the front of the dealership. Other work included creating new door and window openings within existing load bearing wall locations. Associated with this work was design and fabrication of required shoring for removing portions of the walls. O’Harrow Construction personnel coordinated construction activities with Jim Knox Chrysler to keep the dealership open for business during the renovation. The project was completed in July of 2013. Jim Knox Chrysler supplies Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram products in the Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio vicinities.

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Well House Projects for Northern Michigan State Parks

Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation Division Well House Projects for Northern Michigan State Parks This project consisted of design-build construction of 7 well houses for Aloha State Park, Burt Lake State Park, Young State Park, Petoskey State Park, Clear Lake State Park, and Hartwick Pines State Park in Michigan’s Northern Lower Peninsula. The State of Michigan contracted with Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan to design (and build) the project with miscellaneous structural engineering provided by Thrush Engineering, Inc. The well house structures were designed to resist the heavy snow loads associated with the climate of Northern Michigan. Other building features were architectural metal roofs supported by timber trusses bearing on decorative masonry and or stone walls. Reinforced concrete foundations extending below the frost line were designed to prevent interference with the new underground water and electric utilities. O’Harrow Construction  personnel coordinated construction activities with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation Division to reduce the impacts of construction during the summer months allowing for normal operation of the parks. In the design and construction phases of the project, emphasis was placed on minimizing disturbance to the wooded areas adjacent to the well houses to preserve the natural character of the parks. This project was completed in June of 2013.

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