Columbia Drive Warehouse|
Reese & Company
703 Louisville Road, #A, Savannah, GA 31415
Date Bid: July 2014
Construction Period: July 2014 to Aug 2014
Total Square Feet: 10,000 Site: 2.1 acres. Number of
Building Sizes: First floor, 10,000; total, 10,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 22’; total, 22’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Pre-Engineered Metal Building.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Steel. Roof:
Metal. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Architect: Greenline Architecture - 28 E. 35th Street, Savannah,
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Chatham Engineering Co., LLC -
109 Park of Commerce Drive, #6, Savannah, GA 31405
Civil Engineer: Coastal Civil Engineering - 310 E. Bay Street,
Savannah, GA 31401
General Contractor: BCH Construction, LLC - 1832 Walthour Road,
Savannah, GA 31410
Landscape Architect: D.L.G. Land Management, Inc. - P.O. Box 579,
Pooler, GA 31322
Savannah, Georgia is located on the Atlantic coast and Pooler is a small
community immediately West of Savannah. The Real Estate industry
suffered in Savannah along with the whole country until fairly recently.
The owner, a local real estate developer specializing in developing and
leasing commercial and industrial properties, purchased the land in 2005
with the intention of building a speculative warehouse. Once it was
determined that the economy was improving, the decision was made in 2013
to begin construction of a basic warehouse of 10,000 square feet with
two dock doors and a ground level door in the rear, modest outside
storage, and typical parking for employees and guests in front; the
building to be marketed for rent.
Pre-engineered metal building construction is typical for smaller
industrial buildings for reasons of cost and flexibility. However, the
topography, geographic location, and geologic conditions of the soil in
this area have a significant impact on the square foot cost of
industrial buildings. In other words this location is in the hurricane
belt, the land is flat, and the site, without remediation, will not
support roads or industrial buildings. The site is not in a flood zone.
Following the engineer's recommendations, two feet of sub-grade material
beneath the floor area was removed and replaced by suitable material
laid down in 10 inch lifts and compacted up to four feet above site
level in order to accommodate the truck dock. One foot of unsuitable
soil was recommended to be removed under the drive way and truck loading
surfaces. However, it was determined on site that a minimum of one and
one-half feet of soil needed to be removed to meet minimum road bed
specifications. Suitable fill is hauled by truck to the site. All
unsuitable soil was stored on site. The building is designed by building
code to withstand up to 175 mile per hour winds.
It was determined that a wet sprinkler system was not going to be cost
effective. Nevertheless, an eight inch pipe was located in the floor in
the front right corner in the event of such a requirement. Otherwise,
this is a basic metal building with about 650 square feet of climate
The owner secured a tenant at the prevailing market rent in Savannah
before the building was completed. However, considering the cost of land
and the site improvements, the owner recognized that it was not an ideal
investment. Larger warehouse buildings provide economy of scale
particularly in the soft costs not available to small warehouses.
Building Envelope: Kirby Building Systems
Roofing: Kirby Building Systems