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Archive for August, 2013

Swan Steel Facilities Upgraded

Facilities for Swan Steel were recently upgraded. The upgrades included a building enclosure of an area adjacent to the existing steel shop building (adding 9600 square feet additional space) and adding a new 10 ton high speed overhead crane. The new 10 ton crane replaced a 3 ton unit and will increase overall efficiency of Swan Steel’s operations. In house structural engineering was performed to assure the existing structure could accept the new heavier crane loads.

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Maxx Marriott Appointed Safety Director

Maxx Marriott Appointed Safety Director

Maxx Marriott has been appointed Safety Director. Maxx works with Project Managers and Supervisors to help ensure jobsite safety and compliance with the current OSHA/MIOSHA standards. Maxx has a degree in Architectural Construction Technology from Baker College of Jackson and has been employed by O’Harrow Construction for 18 years. 

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Seymour Ford Lincoln Adds New Body Shop

Seymour Ford /Lincoln Body Shop Jackson, Michigan The current Seymour Ford/Lincoln dealership at this location was designed and constructed by O’Harrow Construction in 2004. Our ongoing project consists of the design and construction of a separate 9,750 square foot body shop and expansion of the dealership’s lighted parking area. The new body shop building consists of a prefabricated metal building with reinforced masonry and decorative sheet metal exterior walls and includes work areas (including a paint booth), office space, and restrooms. Utilities and site work requirements were considered for the building location and the owner’s operations. O’Harrow personnel coordinated construction activities with Seymour Ford /Lincoln to allow for the normal operation of the business during construction. The project should be completed in the fall of 2013. Seymour Ford/Lincoln supplies Ford and Lincoln vehicles and associated services for their customers.  

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American 1 Expands Vandercook Lake Branch

America 1 Federal Credit Union Vandercook Lake, Michigan The existing building at this location was originally designed and constructed by O’Harrow Construction in the mid 1990’s. The current project consists of the design and construction of a 1,320 square foot addition that includes office space, restrooms, and renovations to the front entrance of the existing building. The addition uses wood framing with brick veneer, roofing, and exterior trim that matches the look of the original building. Additional parking areas were also provided for customer convenience. O’Harrow personnel coordinated construction activities with America 1 to allow for the normal operation of the business during the renovation. The project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2013. America 1 Federal Credit Union provides financial services to members in the mid Michigan area.  

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Cox Brothers Upgrades Completed

This project involved design and construction of an upgrade for an early 20th century manufacturing facility for modern uses. The existing building consisted of “saw tooth” roof trusses and a riveted steel superstructure skeleton. Modifications to the building included:   Removing portions of a corridor connecting two large building areas and replacing the corridor with a prefabricated metal building. The new corridor has sufficient width to accommodate movement of modern materials handling equipment and steel between the work spaces. Adding openings (or increasing width of existing openings) in load bearing masonry walls to accommodate modern materials handling equipment and steel.  Adding openings in load bearing walls required determination of roof loads, analysis and evaluation of existing structural steel and masonry walls, and shoring to temporally support the structure Construction activities were coordinated with the owner allowing Cox Brothers Machining to conduct normal work activities during the renovation. The project was completed in early summer of 2013. Cox Brothers Machining fabricates structural steel and steel components for highways and bridges. Cox Brothers Machining is an American Institute of Steel Construction certified fabricator.

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