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.
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.