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  Galderma - Office & Warehouse, Page 31Galderma - Office & Warehouse
Carter & Burgess, 3001 Meacham Boulevard, #200, Fort Worth, TX 76137

Fort Worth, Texas
Total Square Feet: 44,500
Industrial (Warehouse)
Total Square Feet: 70,000
Construction Period: May 2000 to Jan 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: McFadden/Miller - 11350 Luna Road, Dallas, TX 75229
Civil Engineer: Carter & Burgess - 3001 Meacham Blvd, #200, Fort Worth, TX 76137
Structural Engineer: Hunt & Joiner - 1825 Market Center Blvd, #620, Dallas, TX 75207
Electrical Contractor: Johnson Electric - 4375 Lindeburg, Addison, TX 75001
Mechanical Contractor: 24 Hours, Inc. - 8911 Directors Row, Dallas, TX 75247
Landscape Architect: SMR Landscape Architect Steven M. Rahn, Inc. - The Brewery Building, 703 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75202

Galderma is a global dermatology company with its U.S. headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was in need of a newer and larger facility to accommodate its personnel, and to store and distribute its products nationwide. Carter & Burgess, with strong experience in both corporate offices and distribution centers, was called upon to serve as Project Architect. The charge was to design, construct and occupy the project within 12 months.

The initial program called for 50,000- square-feet of office space on 2 levels and an 80,000-square-foot distribution warehouse (expandable). It was decided early in the process to have separate office and warehouse buildings to maximize window space in the office and leave more flexibility for future expansion of the warehouse. The image that Galderma wanted was a modern white building, international style in keeping with the global nature of the company. The challenge for the architects was to design the office building, with an extensive amount of glass, and an essentially windowless warehouse building to be compatible and look like they belonged together.

Because of budget and schedule constraints, repetitive building components were a must. Under the direction of Carter & Burgess project manager, Greg Moe, AIA, the architects designed the office building exterior around a typical 28-foot by 31-foot high tilt-up concrete panel with 24-foot wide openings for windows. "Because the 2-story office building was approximately the same height as the warehouse, we matched the height of the two buildings and used the same size tilt-up panel for both", says Moe. The only difference in the two panels is that where there are openings for windows in the office panels, there are solid concrete panels for the warehouse. The joint and reveal patterns are the same for both panels. Unifying elements are horizontal ribbed bands above the windows (above solid panels at the warehouse) and a pattern of four squares, each with tile inserts at symbolic column/spandrel intersections. Because of the consistency of the panels, general contractor, McFadden/Miller, was able to pour and erect the exterior walls in less than 4 weeks. Explains Moe, "the warehouse is a simple structure by its nature, but it clearly gets its cue from the office building." Galderma was very pleased with the result.

Because the office building faces Interstate 35, the main north-south freeway through Dallas and Fort Worth, Galderma wanted the lobby entrance to make a bold statement. After a number of architectural studies, a glass enclosed 2-story cylinder was ultimately favored by Galderma. It consists of mullionless glass with curved polished stainless steel bands, which presented the general contractor with some definite finish work challenges.

Inside the lobby is a grand circular stair with a very intricate metal railing. The railing was fabricated off site in sections and brought to the site for final erection. Extensive on-site welding and grinding was required for a quality finish. The round red-oak handrail was fabricated by a different contractor. The handrail not only had to conform to the curve of the railing, but also had to fit a level landing in the middle of the stair, which was required for code. Rather than fabricate from drawings, the handrail contractor waited until the metal work was in place, then laminated the handrail on-site to the exact shape of the railing. He then brought the laminated wood back to his shop to be milled into the round shape. The handrail was then installed on the railing, sanded and finished in place. This was truly a custom stair. "I remember spending more time designing and reviewing shop drawings for this stair than any other aspect of the project," explained Moe.

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