Steel Corporate Facility|
Construction Manager & Cost Estimator
Maltese Construction, LLC
888 N. Mill Street, Plymouth, MI 48170
Date Bid: July 2012
Construction Period: Sept 2012 to Dec 2013
Total Square Feet: 200,625 Site: 32 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor 200,625 (Office, 6,195; Plant,
194,430); total 200,625 square feet.
Building Height: First floor office, 12’; plant area 44’; total,
Basic Construction Type: New/Pre-Engineered Metal Building.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Metal. Roof:
Metal. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall, other.
Architect & Electrical Engineer: Steven C. Flum, AIA - 3105
Holbrook Street, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Mechanical Engineer: Macomb Mechanical - 6250 Nineteen Mile Road,
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Civil Engineer: Mason L. Brown & Associates - 2708 Bridle Road,
Bloomfield, MI 48304
In December 2011 Maltese Construction began working with Lee Steel
Corporation on planning and building of a new 180,000-square-foot steel
processing plant with railroad connection in the suburbs of Detroit. D.J.
Maltese and Lee Steel Corporation have enjoyed a long business
relationship through the years with other building projects for Lee
Working together D. J. Maltese and Zack Taylor, owner of Lee Steel began
looking for a suitable parcel of land for Lee Steel's needs. A 32-acre
site was located in Romulus, Michigan on the I-275 highway corridor that
had access to a railway with 50% woodland coverage. An Environment
Consultant was brought on to help with the Environmental Protection
Agency and the Department of Environmental Quality concerning the site
Numerous issues with the EPA and DEQ required attention: 1). Removal of
the dead trees on the building area had to be removed in a 2-week time
frame because of bat migration, 2). 10 areas of land needed to be
cleared but the land had to be cleared within a month time frame due to
bird migration, 3). As a result of the removal of the woodland/wetlands
one- and one-half times of new woodland/wetlands had to be developed to
offset what was removed. Added to these issues, the DEQ required the
Owner to maintain the new woodland/wetlands for 20 years with a yearly
major upkeep. Taylor, after much negotiating with the DEQ purchased an
additional 30-acre parcel nearby and donated it to the City along with
$25,000 to maintain it.
In addition to the issues with the EPA and DEQ, the project hit another
snag with the CSX rail company. A rail spur was possible, however it
would take at least 9 months to get approval. During this time the
design and the site plan were refined. Preliminary approval from CSX was
finally given for the rail spur and working drawings were completed and
building permits were secured.
Construction started in September of 2012 with the ordering of the
pre-engineered building, site clearing and installation of the building
pad (a stone and sand base), followed by the foundations and site
improvements. Building erection began in October. By the end of January
2013 the roof was on and plumbing, concrete, HVAC, and electrical work
Due to Owner changes the project grew about 25%. Changes included the
addition of over 100 windows in the plant, changing the concrete floor
to include stainless steel fibers, adding a third rail on the new spur,
increasing the steel sizes to accommodate five 35 ton cranes, increasing
electrical service to include an electrical sub-station on site and
larger service panels to service the new green steel pickling line,
complete interior painting of the steel to white, etc. There was a large
cost savings by changing from an epoxy floor to a polished floor.
Lee Steel has been able to double production output due to the larger
and well-designed facility. Taylor and his staff are pleased with the
new facility and have received numerous accolades from their clients.
Exterior Panels: Dri-Design
Interior: Kohler Lighting: GE