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  Lee Steel Corporate FacilityLee Steel Corporate Facility

Construction Manager & Cost Estimator

Maltese Construction, LLC
888 N. Mill Street, Plymouth, MI 48170

General Description

Location: Romulus, Michigan
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, 45’.
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.

Project Team

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 Steel Corporation.

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 plan.

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 was underway.

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.

Product Information
Roofing: Rigid
Exterior Panels: Dri-Design
Interior: Kohler Lighting: GE

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