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  Enterprise Integration Expands to Larger Space to Prepare for GrowthEnterprise Integration Expands to Larger Space to Prepare for Growth

General Contractor & Cost Estimator

Auld & White Constructors, LLC
4168 Southpoint Parkway, #101, Jacksonville, FL 32216


Ronald Scalisi Architects, P.A.
1309 St. Johns Bluff Road N, #A-5, Jacksonville, FL 32225

General Description

Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Date Bid: Apr 2011 Construction Period: June 2011 to Dec 2011
Total Square Feet: 57,723 Site:
Number of Buildings: One
Building Size: First floor, 49,454; second floor, 8,269;
total, 57,723 square feet.
Building Height: Floor to floor, 13’; maximum height, 28’ 6".
Basic Construction Type: Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, curtain wall, tilt up. Roof: Built-up, metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall

Construction Team

Architect: Ronald Scalisi Architects, P.A. - 1309 St. Johns Bluff Road N, #A-5, Jacksonville, FL 32225
Structural Engineer: Lou Pontigo and Associates - 420 Osceola Avenue, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Mechanical Engineer: Gregory Engineering, Inc. - 4567 Deep River Place, Jacksonville, FL 32224
Electrical Engineer: John Searcy & Associates, Inc. - 2700 University Boulevard W, #B-4, Jacksonville, FL 32217
Civil Engineer: Goodson Nevin & Associates - 10175 Fortune Parkway, #403, Jacksonville, FL 3225

Enterprise Integration (EI), headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., is an IT managed service provider started in 1997 with 5 people that has grown to 245 people, and is known in the IT industry as one of the top 20 largest Managed Service Providers in the world. EI's business grew exponentially, requiring expansion of their office and network operations in 2010. After reviewing preliminary plans for a new building and struggling to find a site appropriate for their needs and future expansion, EI made the decision to purchase and renovate an existing warehouse/office building consisting of approximately 32,000 square feet of office space and 25,000 square feet of warehouse space. The intent was to renovate the warehouse space into office space to house their IT network operations center (NOC) where employees monitor their clients' operating systems on large wall-covering screens.

EI's office culture and atmosphere is unconventional evidenced by the "Star Trek" references throughout their existing and the newly renovated headquarters building. Blue LED lights illuminate hallways and conference rooms, starry night fiber optic lighting cover the wide open NOC area, smart glass is used in conference rooms that frost over for privacy at the push of a button, and silver metallic automatic slider pocket doors are as "trekkie" as it gets. Elaborate break rooms, gyms, and even massage rooms with massage tables available for employees on the days the masseuse's are onsite, are all typical perks in the building(s).

The existing building that was purchased for renovation was originally constructed with concrete tilt-panel walls. The roof system (over the warehouse portion) was constructed similarly to a pre-engineered metal building configuration (typical of warehouse-type buildings) consisting of an assembly of bar joists, vinyl-coated insulation (bag and sag), and metal standing-seam roof panels. The roof assembly over the office area consists of bar joists, conventional structural metal decking, insulation board, decking material, and standing-seam metal roofing to match the rest of the warehouse area roof. The existing warehouse area lent itself well for repurposing into the new NOC. The problem was that being a warehouse space the existing roof structure assembly needed to be enhanced.

The original intent in the design was to reconfigure the roof assembly of the existing warehouse area to an assembly more suited to office space design much like what currently existed on the office area portion of the building. The design originally called for removing the metal roofing and the vinyl-faced insulation over the warehouse portion, thereby exposing the interior of the warehouse area (which also contains some finished office areas), in order to place structural metal decking, insulation, DensDeck®, and a new SBS Modified roof assembly. Needless to say, exposing the interior of an existing building to the elements would have meant a tremendous amount of rework in existing areas-to-remain as there would be no way to protect finished work areas from the elements. Auld & White posed an idea to the designers. If the existing metal standing-seam roof panels were of adequate gauge to be considered the structural metal decking layer proposed for the roof assembly, then why remove them? A structural engineer was engaged to verify that the roof panels are 25 gauge metal, adequate to act as the structural deck system thus allowing them to be used as the substrate for new roofing material. Roof panels would be screwed down to the existing bar joist or shot-pinned. This would keep the roof in place to act as the structural deck, allow for the removal of the vinyl-faced insulation from below, addition of insulation board and DensDeck® to the roof, greatly improving energy performance, and finally, installation of the modified roof right over the existing roof. This eliminated the additional steps of demolishing the existing roof system and protecting existing finishes to remain in the building. Additionally, the Owner would realize cost savings. The structural engineer verified the roof panel thickness in place to assure it could remain in order to enhance the metal roof attachment. Auld-White was then able to perform an onsite cost analysis that determined shot-pins to be the most cost effective and efficient method of attachment.

Removing the metal roof panels to add the structural metal decking alone would have added $75,000 to the costs of the project. This option does not take into account the additional work and/or rework for protecting finishes already in place. The option of shot-pinning the existing roof panels added roughly $6,000 in costs, however, the overall savings in the construction activities alone equated to nearly $70,000, not withstanding the potentially high amount of rework in the existing areas that were to remain in place.

Although this was not a "green" (LEED®) project, sustainable practices were certainly included. For example, since the metal roof panels were kept intact, the existing building envelope, along with existing finishes, interior doors, cabinets, etc., were reused and diverted from landfills.

The project team included Design-Build Contractor, Auld-White Constructors, LLC, Architect, Ron Scalisi Architects, PA, Structural Engineer, Lou Pontigo & Associates, Electrical Engineer, John Searcy & Associates, Mechanical Engineer, Gregory Engineering, Inc., and Civil Engineer, Goodson Nevin & Associates.

About the author: Mr. Hickox is the Director of Pre-construction Services at Auld & White Constructors, a general contracting firm headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. He has been in the construction industry for 18 years, serving as project manager for over 8 years and managing Pre-construction Services for 12 years.

Mr. Hickox is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD+C) and an active member of the US Green Building Council North Florida Chapter serving on the Education Committee overseeing local Green Building learning initiatives. He also serves as an education course reviewer for the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) assessing course material content for Continuing Education credit for industry professionals.

Product Information
Roofing: Johns Manville
Flooring: Tandus, Armstrong, Dal Tile. Windows: Kawneer
Silver Metallic Automatic Slider Pocket Doors: Besam Automatic Doors


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