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  50 Columbia Drive Warehouse50 Columbia Drive Warehouse


Reese & Company
703 Louisville Road, #A, Savannah, GA 31415

General Description

Location: Pooler, Georgia
Date Bid: July 2014
Construction Period: July 2014 to Aug 2014
Total Square Feet: 10,000 Site: 2.1 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
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.

Project Team

Architect: Greenline Architecture - 28 E. 35th Street, Savannah, GA 31401
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 controlled office.

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.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Kirby Building Systems
Roofing: Kirby Building Systems

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