This project was unique due to the constraints of constructing a building on Ft. Detrick while working with an Owner based in Wisconsin. While the Owner had their challenges with the approval process with Ft. Detrick, Warner Construction was able to expedite the schedule through management of the design-build process and our long standing relationships with the staff of the local military base.
Along with the poor soil conditions, utilities that were noted on preliminary plans provided to the Owner by the government were not installed as shown. Once on site, Warner Construction was able to provide their knowledge from past base experience to coordinate the site utilities with minimal impact to the schedule and budget.
Preconstruction meetings initiated innovation with respect to the coordination in the size of the actual building’s floor space and room configuration to maximize the space for a retail area. In addition, height limitations of the structure required the mechanical ductwork and lighting to be carefully designed to maintain the optimum ceiling heights for retail displays. A pad mounted HVAC unit was installed outside to maximize retail space. Implementation of the work was carried out in a controlled fast-track scheduling method to allow the Owner to stock their products and to open as scheduled.
Special thought was given to insure that the new building would mirror the current aesthetics of Ft. Detrick. Brick, EIFS, storefront fames and the pre-finished standing seam roof were selected from colors currently used on adjacent buildings. An overhead door was strategically placed in the rear corner of the building for ease of deliveries. Finally, Warner Construction continued to maintain site management to assist the Owner with racking and occupancy.
The project was considered a success from the ease of coordination with an out of state Owner while providing weekly updates and maintaining a critical schedule within the guidelines established by the base.