Impact Steel, a distributor and processor of steel sheet and coil products, had experienced growth to the extent that they require larger warehouse facilities. Impact Steel had the choise of either moving to a larger site or explore the option of expanding the size of the existing warehouse. The challenge faced by the building owner was to be able extend the warehouse area without effecting the day to day opertaions of Impact Steel while completing the project in a timely and cost effective manner in order to retain them as a long term tenant.
The building owner approached Gamcorp with a basic concept of the proposed extension and engaged us to develop a suitable building design and construction methodology. The extension needed to fit seamlessly into the existing building, be cost effective and quick to construct while not impacting on the day to day operations of the tenant. The project involved the demolition of existing offices, reconfiguration of car parking, the contruction of an additional 700m2 of warehouse area and the upgrade and extension of a 15t overhead travelling crane.
While the design and construction of the new warehouse area was relatively straight forward, the challenge was integrating the new buildng with the existing building so as not to effect its integrity and use. No documentation or plans of the original building were available which required us to complete comprehensive site investigations to determine the constraints and parameters that would effect the final design. A number of unexpected conditions were uncovered during this process that directly impacted the design development. By identifying these constraints early saved time and costs of variations by avoiding design revisions if they had only been discovered during demolition.