The SSOE team documented more than $500,000 in cost savings through innovative approaches on the project.
SSOE was selected to provide architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering design services for a 150,000 SF tire manufacturing facility expansion in the Southeast U.S. The area for expansion included wire winding, tire build, and tire curing areas which included utility routing to the curing presses through the pit and trench system.
Cooling water and electrical upgrades were required to support the expansion along with the relocation of a main drainage swale and the reconstruction of the fore-bay / detention pond system.
During the initial design meetings, SSOE was given design parameters for a 100’-0” addition. Bay sizes were then discussed as (2) 50’-0” bays +/- and how bay sizes would match with the curing trench locations. SSOE proposed to clear span the entire 100’-0” distance in the curing area and within the ASRS, tire build, and wire wind areas to allow for maximum flexibility within the space. The idea was accepted with a single stipulation of minimum clear heights within the building. The main girders were designed with specific clearance openings to accommodate the utilities so that the clear height could be maintained. While there was a premium in the steel framing for long span members, larger columns and footings, the cost was partially offset by reduced column quantity and foundations / excavations.
SSOE’s scope also included steel detailing services, eliminating the need for steel shop drawing generation and review—resulting in a 10-12 week reduction in project schedule.