Exodus Machines signed a manufacturing and dealer alliance with Caterpillar for their rubber tired material handlers. They needed someone who could quickly triple their plant size to match their anticipated increase in production to meet Caterpillar’s demand.
The project is a 60,000 sq. ft. precast panel high-bay manufacturing facility with large overhead bridge cranes for equipment assembly and for manufacturing equipment foundations. Early on, it was identified that the poor soil conditions would present problems with the building’s footings and would require precious time to be added to an already aggressive schedule to correct the soils. The project team explored other solutions and engaged an engineering firm to use 342 Rammed Aggregate Piers (Geopiers) to mitigate settlement concerns, increase weight bearing support and eliminate time consuming soil corrections. The solution saved cost, time on the schedule and allowed the crews to proceed with pouring the footings and erecting the pre-cast wall panels.
Boldt’s superintendent set up a large whiteboard in the office trailer with detailed coordination plans for the building’s slab. Included in the visual were the six areas for the building’s slab broken down into the separate trades; underground utilities, rebar, final grading and concrete. The visual helped everyone understand their activities and enhanced communication and coordination among the individual trades and their daily tasks. The result was improved problem solving and opportunities to improve productivity.