Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Phoenix Contact

Phoenix Contact, Middletown, PA
Phoenix Contact, Inc. is a global corporation that provides products and solutions for all aspects of electrical engineering and automation. The company, headquartered in Blomberg Germany, employs more than 12,000 people worldwide and has sales in excess of $1.5 billion. They operate seven production facilities including the Middletown, PA location. Phoenix Contact is a valued client for whom we have completed several projects including a 100,000 SF warehouse and distribution addition in 2008.

The RBU Building Expansion project will provide additional office and production areas that will allow Phoenix, to expand their production capacity to meet an ever increasing demand for their products. The 142,700 SF addition will provide additional production area on the ground floor and offices on the second and third level as well as a 3-story office tower. There will also be several smaller infill areas that include a kitchen/canteen, new bathroom facilities, offices, labs and training rooms.

The building consists of a structural steel frame clad with a combination of insulated metal panels, an aluminum and glass curtainwall system and architectural precast concrete wall panels. The three-story area will be supported on a series of 36” diameter concrete friction caissons that are drilled to depths of 50’-70’. The specifications require that an inspector be lowered to the bottom of each caisson to ensure proper conditions prior to the concrete being poured.

One of the main challenges of the project is to minimize any disruption to the day-to-day production activities. Our close working relationship with the staff and management and thorough knowledge of the existing plant will help us to phase the work to accommodate the owner’s needs and still meet critical completion schedules.

Interesting features of the project include:

  • A 3,000 SF “green roof” consisting of an open air atrium on the third floor, which has a small outdoor patio area and a rooftop planting area that borders a ridge-type skylight bringing natural light to interior spaces below. A continuous band of windows on the third floor provides a view onto the patio and planting area.
  • A rainwater harvesting system that will be used to provide irrigation for the landscaping
  • Motorized shades on exterior glass to control solar heat gain
  • A new gas-fired generator that will be capable of producing sufficient power to meet the needs for the entire facility
The project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2013.