The new 38,000-square-foot Concrete Pipe and Precast Perfect Manhole manufacturing facility is a pre-engineered metal building with 10-foot high concrete base panels with MAP metal siding above and a standing seam metal roof. The administrative offices have painted walls, VCT floors and sealed concrete with acoustical tile ceilings.
The 42-foot high building accommodates the manufacturing equipment, conveyor belts and concrete silos. The facility has a detailed concrete slab with various trenches and depressions and thickened areas to accommodate the intricate “Schlusserbaur” machine that produces the perfect manholes.
Construction took place on Concrete Pipe and Precast’s fully-operational plant and warehouse facility. KBS carefully coordinated construction activities to maintain egress for trucks and forklifts so as not interrupt day-to-day operations of the facility. A hoe ram was required for site work on the areas where the footing and foundation were installed because a typical backhoe could not excavate the hardened soil.
The site’s subgrade was very poor and required large dewatering pumps for the deep footings and equipment foundations. The initial geotechnical report showed the areas; however, much worse conditions were encountered on site. KBS worked closely with the geotechnical engineer, structural engineer and owner to help minimize cost and schedule impact.