Forward Progress On An Industrial Conversion

Hunt Construction Services, Inc. was hired by the owner of an industrial building in Plainview for a complete renovation of a nearly fifty year-old building.  The recently purchased building had a very dated look with virtually no curb appeal. Plans were drawn and approved for a complete new facade, as well as complete replacement of the paving, drainage and landscaping.

First, a new in-ground drainage system was installed.  Heavy equipment was used to peel off the entire asphalt surface of the rear parking lot along with a deteriorated concrete pad and a loading dock wall.  The ground was excavated to accommodate five new dry wells.  Each dry well was wrapped with a filter fabric material allowing for the storm water to leach out of the dry wells and into the ground, while at the same time preventing surrounding sand from migrating into the dry wells.  A series of underground PVC pipes connect the drywells together, much like a spoke and hub system, to disperse the collected water evenly.  After inspection by the town building inspector, the drywells were backfilled, compacted and brought up to grade.

Next, a surveyor marked out the rear curbing, as depicted on the approved site plan drawings.  The concrete masons excavated and set the forms for the rear curbing.  Metal reinforcement bars are set inside of the forms strengthened the curbing.  The masons were able to begin pouring concrete after form inspection by the Town.  The same procedure was repeated for the front of the site. The old asphalt surface was removed and discarded.  One additional dry well with filter fabric wrap was installed.  The surveyor staked out the front curbs and the concrete masons completed the work on the curb.

A new modern split face concrete block with colors and accent bands had been designed to replace the old worn out brick face.  Storefront tubing, continuous glass and a main entrance with oversized doors, side lights and transom would round out the look.

Steel supports were installed so demolition of the old facade could occur, and a temporary wooden security wall was constructed for security.  Then the steel company erected horizontal beams, vertical columns and diagonal bracing so that the new concrete block facade would no longer have to support the front elevation.  The block masons then arrived to begin installing the backer block.  With this preliminary work complete, the project will soon be ready for the installation of the new exterior and permanent paving.

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