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  Griffin Land/Tire Rack Distribution CenterGriffin Land/Tire Rack Distribution Center


Cutler Associates, Inc.
43 Harvard Street, Worcester, MA 01609

General Description

Location: Windsor, Connecticut
Date Bid: Nov 2008 Construction Period: Jan 2009 to July 2009 Total Square Feet: 303,750
Site: 58 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 303,750; total, 303,750 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 39’; total, 39’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Tilt-Up. Foundation: Reinforced. Exterior Walls: Tilt-wall. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Tilt-wall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Michael Horton Associates - 151 Meadow Street, Branford, CT 06405
Mechanical Engineer: The Eugene Steinberg Company - 35 Barber Pond Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Electrical Engineer: Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. - 116 Hopping Brook Road, Holliston, MA 01746

Tire Rack, Inc., a national distributor of performance tires and related products, recently opened its new warehouse and distribution center in Windsor, Connecticut. Cutler Associates designed and built the 304,000-square-foot facility for developer and owner Griffin Land.

The team was challenged to deliver the large-scale project within a tight timeframe. It was imperative for Tire Rack to be open and ready to ship going into the winter season. The $9 million project was delivered on a six-month construction schedule.

Tim Lescalleet, senior vice president of Griffin Land explained, “We utilized the most cost effective and time efficient building technologies to deliver the project on time.”

To successfully meet the project’s aggressive delivery schedule, the development team elected to use tilt-wall construction – a building method in which concrete panels are cast on site, using the floor slab as a working platform. The panels are then tilted up with the help of a crane and held in place with temporary bracing until the roof is added. Erecting walls with tilt-up panels is faster than building walls using traditional construction techniques. The trades can begin work earlier, which allows greater overlapping of project phases.

“The tilt-wall construction process proved to take weeks off our typical construction schedule,” said Lescalleet.

While speed, durability, and quality are compelling reasons why owners are choosing tilt-up construction, value, reduced construction costs, and flexibility are added benefits that cannot be overlooked. Lower raw material costs combined with smaller work crews and a shortened construction schedule translated into lower project costs for Griffin Land and Tire Rack. The facility was constructed for about $29 per square foot, an extremely economical solution for companies looking to expand under today’s economic conditions.

The technology used provided an efficient and flexible design for the building. The load-bearing walls of tilt-up construction eliminate the need for perimeter columns, creating more usable space. The floor is extremely level in this method of construction, an important attribute in many distribution and warehouse facilities. Moreover, with site approvals in place to grow the facility to 450,000 square feet, the modular design of the tilt panels allows for efficient expansion.

Delivering value, speed and responsiveness, quality, durability, reduced construction costs, and ongoing cost savings in operating expenses, tilt-up construction is the best choice for a wide range of commercial construction projects. Using integrated project delivery methods Cutler Associates offers a single-source approach to the design and construction of tilt-up concrete facilities. The Cutler team has worked together to deliver 58 tilt-up projects totaling nearly 12 million square feet.

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