FabFitFun - Proposal
CASE STUDY #2
Covington, TN Manufacturing & Storage Facility 500,000 SF Building Construction Management Services
Cushman & Wakefield’s Project Management Team was appointed to help select the developer, general contractor, and to coordinate Unilever’s vendors and internal resources in the development of a 500,000-square- foot, -20-degree F distribution center in Covington, Tennessee. The facility, attached to Unilever’s existing manufacturing plant via an overhead conveyance system, utilizes state-of-the-art material handling systems to move product from the Unilever side to the 3PL side.
THE SOLUTION Cushman & Wakefield first worked with the developer and local authorities to site the building in such a way as to minimize truck traffic on the main highway, moving the initial ingress to a side road where trucks could queue without blocking traffic. In addition, due to the seismic ratings in Covington, the site needed significant soil remediation and reinforcement which consumed roughly six (6) weeks of time to drill and fill more than 5,000 crushed rock piers. Then during the design phase, we challenged the architects and engineers to think creatively about how to convey finished goods in the existing building directly to the
distribution center. What resulted was a highly advanced robotics system using Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV’s) which accept product from the end of the production line, bring it to the lift system which raises pallets up thirty (30) feet to the conveyance tunnel (also -20F). In addition, after the design was completed, Unilever expressed an interest in adding a solar array to the roof, thus changing the previously designed structural steel package and foundations. By promoting aggressive competition and focused value engineering, we were able to absorb these two significant changes while keeping the project in budget. Project highlights include: Integrate operations with existing manufacturing plant without any disruption; fully fenced with 24x7 Welcome Center (guard house); 20,000 SF of office space between the 2 operators in the building; completed project on time. RESULTS Working in concert with the GC and key trades, we were able to keep to the original schedule and budget. Unilever’s commitment to sustainability was taken to new heights by creating a Sustainability Trail that highlights the nearly two dozen eco-friendly elements throughout.Satisfaction with overall operating environment.
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