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  Transportation/Warehouse FacilityTransportation/Warehouse Facility


Sy Richards, Architect Inc.
301 E. Church Street, Monroe, GA 30655

General Description

Location: Monroe, Georgia
Bid Date: Mar 2010
Construction Period: Mar 2010 to Feb 2011 Total Square Feet: 32,400 Site: 13.736 acres.
Number of Buildings: One new, six existing.
Building Size: First floor, 32,400; total, 32,400 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 32’8”; total, 32’8”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural steel/Type III-B Sprinklered.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Ward General Contractors - 1301 Shiloh Road, #410, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Mechanical Engineer: Singleton Engineers, Inc. - 5425 Sugarloaf Parkway, #2200, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Electrical Engineer: Nix, Wieters & Associates - 111 Caraway Drive, Locust Grove, GA 30248
Civil Engineer: Raymond Civil Engineers, LLC - 1741 Hog Mountain Road, Building 200, #C, Watkinsville, GA 30677

For many years the Walton County Public Schools has serviced their fleet of over 150 buses in a cramped shop. With no height for lifts and only four working bays, many of their maintenance tasks had to be outsourced. In 2008, with the relocation of Walker Park Elementary School to a new site, the old school location was opened for auxiliary uses by the system. With its proximity to Georgia Highway 81 and the Board of Education Offices this was seen as an ideal location for their new Transportation and Warehouse facility.

The program for the new facility consists of a new 10 bay bus shop, storage facility and supporting spaces. Deep overhangs on each side of the building create additional working bays and storage space. Also included within the program is a 40,000 gallon fueling station with a state-of-the-art software control system, which services the needs of the school system and county government.

The Transportation Center incorporates five vehicle lifts (two hydraulic piston and three parallelogram), a flexible vehicle exhaust system and lubrication equipment for point delivery of air, grease, oil, automatic transmission fluid and power to each work station. Used oil, transmission fluid and antifreeze are also collected and stored for recycling.

Along with its storage function, the warehouse side of the building is set up with workshops for the maintenance staff. They have the ability to store fully loaded maintenance vehicles securely for overnight storage. This improves staff efficiencies by eliminating the chore of loading and unloading these vehicles the beginning and end of each day.

The lower 14-foot of the exterior walls was built with brick and block masonry construction for prolonged durability. Translucent roof panels and glazed sectional door panels help bring in natural light in many cases minimizing the need for the use of artificial lighting.

As the school system plans to maintain this facility for many years to come, they were interested in keeping it flexible as their needs grow. The half of the building currently being used for warehousing was designed with the same reinforced thickened floor slab as used on the transportation side. Knockout panels were built into the exterior wall that will allow for the addition of 10 working bays. The site was also configured so that the building could be expanded adding 6 additional bays on the west side.


Product Information
Metal Building System: American Building Company
Insulation: Owens Corning, Lamtec.
Epoxy Paint: PPG
Resilient Flooring: AZROCK Rubber Base: Roppe
Sectional Doors: Clopay Finishing Hardware: Anemostat


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