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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.