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  SWF IndustrialSWF Industrial


Cornerstone Design-Architects
48-50 West Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603

General Description

Location: Wrightsville, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Feb 2010
Construction Period: Apr 2010 to Dec 2010
Total Square Feet: 76,218 Site: 35.77 acres. Number of Buildings: One
Building Size: First floor, 76,218; total, 76,218 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 35’; total, 35’.
Basic Construction Type: Type IIB/New/Pre-Engineered Building.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: CMU, curtain wall, pre-engineered building. Roof: Membrane, metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, CMU.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Greenebaum Structures, P.C. - 26-28 Market Square, #2, Manheim, PA 17545
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Richard D. Poole, LLC - 950 B Smile Way, York, PA 17404
Mechanical Engineer: Walton & Company, Inc. - 1800 Industrial Highway, York, PA 17402
Electrical Engineer: Cheran, Inc. - 3552 Gettysburg Road, #101, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Landscape Architect: Site Design Concepts, Inc. - 127 West Market Street, #200, York, PA 17401

When SWF Industrial realized they were growing too fast for their former facility, a plan was devised to purchase a property that would allow them to construct a new facility. A new tract of land was purchased not more than five miles from their previous facility. The site was selected for its close proximity to major roads and highways. After land development approvals were underway, Cornerstone Design-Architects was tasked with the responsibility of developing the owner’s concept and working alongside of the general contractor.

The design of the facility included two separate buildings attached by a connector. The office building serves as the location for office staff such as project managers, estimators, administrative personnel, etc. Additional spaces include a conference room, break room, and miscellaneous support spaces. The structure and mechanical ductwork were left exposed to allow a greater sense of interior height. Natural lighting is controlled by the installation of exterior sunshades and interior light shelves. This allows for natural light to be brought into the building, but controlled in an effort to reduce direct sunlight, glare, and heat gain. The exterior design of the office building was intended to showcase the owner’s ability to fabricate and weld structural elements. The steel trusses included at the main entrance were fabricated and installed by SWF Industrial. The owner also wanted to create a modern feel to the building by creating curved parapet walls and including a large quantity of glass.

The design of the shop area consists of four separate bays including two structural bays, a stainless steel bay, and a production bay. A pre-engineered metal building was chosen for economy and the ability to free span long distances. Each bay serves a different purpose depending upon the steel fabrication that would occur and the types of welding processes that may be required for the final product. Other spaces in the shop area include a lunch room, hazardous storage rooms, tool room, and field equipment storage. Each bay includes a full length crane rail, allowing personnel the ability to have full mobility in the shop area. A paint booth and a blast booth were also included.

Future expansion capacity was included in the design of both the site and building. This will allow the owner the flexibility in the future to expand the operations when needed. The project is considered a success by all team members and the owner has received satisfaction in using the facility.

Product Information
Pre-Engineered Building: Nucor
Roofing: Firestone TPO, Berridge, Nucor
Flooring: Dex-O-Tex Décor Flor,
Johnsonite, Armstrong
Entrances & Storefronts, Curtain Wall, Windows: Kawneer
Lighting: Lithonia, Rudd

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