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  Fairmont Supply Corporate Headquarters

Fairmont Supply Corporate HeadquartersArchitect

Designstream LLC
30 Isabella Street, #101, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

General Description

Location: Southpointe, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Nov 2006
Construction Period: Apr 2007 to Oct 2008
Total Square Feet: 75,255 Site: 10.6 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 25,085; second floor, 25,085; third floor, 25,085; total, 75,255 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 15’4”; second floor, 13’4”; third floor, 13’4”; total, 50’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural steel. Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, storefront glazing, granite accents. Roof: Built-up, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Owner: Horizon Properties - 375 Southpointe Boulevard, #410, Canonsburg, PA 15317
Structural Engineer: Churches Consulting Engineers LLC - 347 Locust Avenue, Washington, PA 15301
Construction Manager/General Contractor: Continental Building Systems - 395 E. Waterfront Drive, #300, Homestead, PA 15120
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: Claitman Engineering Associates, Inc. - 1340 Old Freeport Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

This facility was built in the Southpointe II development in Cecil Township, Pennsylvania, to house the Fairmont Supply Company’s Corporate Headquarters. The structure commands a striking presence above I-79. The top executive floor provides vistas to the southeast stretching across Southpointe Golf Course deep into Washington County.

The company was founded in 1921 in Fairmont, West Virginia, for the purpose of distributing mine supplies to coal operations in Kentucky and West Virginia. Later, Fairmont Supply expanded operations to include Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Illinois. Today they are a full-line distributor of industrial maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies with thousands of items in their product line.

Building materials were chosen to provide a unique aesthetic quality along with durability and low maintenance. This was achieved with the use of granite, brick, aluminum and highly efficient, glazed, insulated glass by PPG. Dark granite columns were used to contrast the light masonry facade. The masonry facade was envisioned for the building exterior as a gesture to the long history of Fairmont Supply and their strength in the mining industry. The polished granite and metal accents are reminders of their forward thinking; looking to technological advancements for improved safety and productivity. Punched openings allowed the Architect to use storefront glazing in lieu of curtainwall; keeping costs in line with budget constraints. The building portrays a distinctively different personality after dusk with strategically placed up-lighting to create a dramatic effect.

Fairmont’s original program required a total of 50,000 square feet of space. With the amount of growth anticipated over the coming years; the space plan was increased to 75,000 square feet; allowing for short-term tenant occupancy on the ground floor. Open office areas were planned to reduce energy consumption and provide spacious work areas. The open areas allow natural light to infiltrate deep into office spaces and cubicles; helping to create a pleasant work environment. Equipped with a cafeteria, multiple conference rooms and training rooms, the building provides high quality office space for all functions needed for day to day operations.

Product Information
Metal Panels: Alcoa Architectural Products
Insulated Glass: PPG
Roof: Carlisle Syntec
Flooring: Armstrong, Johnsonite, Patcraft, Durkan/Karastan
Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Kawneer
Elevators: ThyssenKrupp

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