Construction began in March of 2015 on a 38,000 square foot warehouse expansion of Alro Steel’s existing facility, increasing the total warehouse area to 250,000 square feet. The addition consists of a pre engineered steel structure supported on a reinforced concrete foundation. The exterior walls of the addition use an 8’ tall strip of decorative industrial resistant masonry below panel rib metal siding. The warehouse addition was designed for full 20 ton overhead crane coverage. The exterior site and associated pavement was designed to facilitate operations for trucks and forklifts. Careful planning and sequencing was required to keep the interface between the existing and new buildings watertight during construction. O’Harrow is coordinating activities with Alro Steel to minimize the impact of construction on Alro’s normal business activities. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015.
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Construction of this 81,000 square foot state of the art complex for Alro Steel began in April of 2015. The new facility consists of warehouse and office space and is located on a 14 acre parcel of land within the city limits of Tulsa. The site, utilities, and building are designed to meet the owner’s current needs with provisions for future expansion. The warehouse area consists of high bays with an eave height of 44’. The warehouse was designed for full overhead crane coverage (10 tons or 20 tons). Design of the foundation for the building includes special sub base material to address expansive soils. Exterior walls of the building utilize a combination of decorative metal and prestressed concrete insulated sandwich panels. During the design phase of the project, O’Harrow Construction coordinated efforts between the pre engineered building manufacturer and the prestressed concrete wall manufacturer to optimize the design and the construction sequence. The estimated completion date for this project is spring of 2016.
New Body Shop for Grand Ledge Ford Lincoln Grand Ledge, Michigan This project consists of the design and construction of a new 11,000 square foot body shop within the owner’s existing property. The new body shop building is comprised of prefabricated steel building frames with decorative metal panel exterior walls. The new building includes work areas (including a paint booth), office space, customer lounge, and restrooms. O’Harrow Construction provided engineering services to design the new structure and worked with the City of Grand Ledge to obtain the necessary approvals and permits for the project. During construction, O’Harrow Construction personnel coordinated activities with Grand Ledge Ford Lincoln to allow for the normal operation of the business. The project construction was initiated in March of 2015 and will be completed in the summer of 2015. Grand Ledge Ford Lincoln is a full service car dealership supplying Ford and Lincoln vehicles and associated services to their customers.
O’Harrow Construction Co. is pleased to announce it has been named recipient of the Three Million Dollars Cumulative award from Nucor Building Systems, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of custom-engineered metal building systems. This distinguished award recognizes Authorized Nucor Builders with outstanding accomplishment in selling and constructing Nucor custom steel building systems totally over three million dollars in their history as a Nucor Builder. From a network of more than 1,000 Authorized Nucor Builders nationwide, O’Harrow Construction Co. is one of a select few recipients of this significant honor. O’Harrow Construction Co. has also been awarded the High Performance award.This premier annual award recognizes Authorized Nucor Builders with exceptional performance in selling Nucor custom steel building systems in a single year. “We congratulate O’Harrow Construction Co. for their outstanding achievements of both awards,” said Jim Lindhorst, Sales Manager at Nucor Building Systems. “These awards are a testament to their ability to provide superior construction services using Nucor Building Systems products.” Through a network of Authorized Builders, Nucor Building Systems offers a wide array of building solutions for projects ranging from industrial and commercial structures to projects for the agricultural, community, and retail industries that are custom designed, yet cost effective,efficient, and faster to erect than conventional construction methods. Based in Jackson, Ml, O’Harrow Construction Co. is an Authorized Nucor Builder specializing in design/build of pre-engineered metal building systems.
This project was selected as an Engineers Without Borders-USA 2011 Premier Project. Thrush Engineering, Inc. performed voluntary efforts for the analysis and design for this single span box concrete structure capable of supporting school busses and emergency vehicles over a rainy season, high volume, high velocity waterway. Form design utilizing timber posts, cribbing and planking for walls and elevated horizontal slabs was also a part of this project. Design of the structure was coordinated with Engineers Without Borders-USA personnel and reflected the use of manual construction methods and lower strength concrete and reinforcing steel indigenous to the region’s geographic market. The bridge need is reflected by allowing school busses and other priority vehicles to remain active during the area’s rainy season. Construction of the project was completed in 2011.
Alro Steel’s existing 25,000 square foot steel distribution/processing/warehouse facility is currently being expanded with a 49,000 square foot “wrap-around” addition. The “wrap-around” addition will create a drive through bay with overhead crane access. The new addition was configured to minimize snow drift loading on the existing building. Customized foundations for the addition incorporate the existing building foundations to resist the heavy snow loads prevalent in western New York. The addition includes extending existing crane runway girders into the new structure. Construction started in July 2014. The new structure will be enclosed in the fall of 2014 and prior to winter weather. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2015. During the expansion, construction activities were coordinated with Alro Steel personnel at the facility allowing Alro’s normal operations to continue with minimum disruption.
Commonwealth Commerce Center Jackson, Michigan The Commonwealth Commerce Center is a 400,000 square foot multi-use facility providing custom space for conferences, banquets, office, retail, education, and storage. The initial portion of this multi-phased project consisted of the reconstruction of existing parking areas and adjacent street, an improved vehicular entrance and parking layout for the facility, an upgraded new enclosed main entrance to the building, accessible approaches with concrete retaining walls to the new entrance, improved exterior lighting, and landscaping enhancements. The ambitious schedule for this phase of construction required starting work in October of 2013 and completing critical items (concrete curb, sidewalks, and hot mix asphalt paving) prior to cold weather in mid November 2013. O’Harrow personnel coordinated construction activities and informational signage with the Commonwealth Commerce Center to allow for normal vehicular and pedestrian access to the facility during construction of the project.
Scott M. Gillett, P.E., Vice President of Engineering recently obtained registration as a Professional Engineer in the states of New York, North Carolina and Kansas. O’Harrow Construction/Thrush Engineering is now authorized to design projects in 15 states. Scott has a degree in Civil Engineering from Tri-State University and has been a Licensed Professional Engineer in various states for 28 years.
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.