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K&M Concrete Construction was selected by Tippmann Group to become part of a Grand Forks, ND Project Team to build a new freezer warehouse for a national frozen food supplier. The new facility is fully automated, includes a covered rail dock and features a proprietary “QFR” or quick freeze rack zone technology which substantially reduces product freezing costs over traditional blast freeze methods.
The project was unique for K&M Concrete since the freezer building is 135 feet tall and rack supported, which required deep foundation support facilitated by 25 miles of 10-inch concrete filled steel pipe piles driven to an average depth of 140 feet. These were capped with over 800 24-inch square x 2.5-inch thick steel bearing plates anchored into the concrete mat slab. Piling locations and slab reinforcement were critical to the support of interior high bay racks that not only support frozen food products but carry the building structure and resistance to wind and snow loads that need to be transferred to the 80,000 square foot foundation.
Several weeks of pre-planning were involved with the entire Project Team in preparation of the 6,000 cubic yard mat slab placement. This included coordinating rebar installation, ready mix production, concrete pumping, onsite quality control, engineers and others to ensure a seamless process. The slab was placed and finished over 3 nights to take advantage of the most favorable weather conditions possible to help guard against plastic shrinkage and evaporation.
We sub divided the K&M project work force into three distinct Teams with staggered start times to minimize unproductive project time and improve crew safety. Our process started with the Placing crew reporting to the site at 9:00 PM each night followed by the Finish crew at 1:00 AM and the Set Up Crew at 6:00 AM the following morning for clean up and preparation of the next placement. An unexpected phenomenon encountered each night was a dense localized fog over the area as a result of cool overnight temperatures reacting with the heat produced by the concrete slab mass.
These are the projects we seek out and enjoy, providing new learning opportunities, and challenges to everyone on the Team. We also appreciate the opportunity to work with superior General Contractors like the Tippmann Group that are industry leaders in Freezer Warehouse construction and technology.
We will be updating this page as projects progress so we invite you to visit again soon, to catch up on the latest!
K&M Concrete Construction, Inc. has been selected as part of the team transforming a 160-acre site into a distribution facility for a major national food wholesale company.
K&M Concrete Construction, Inc. has been selected as part of the team transforming a 160-acre site into a distribution facility for a major national food wholesale company. The project commenced construction in the fall of 2019 with mass grading and building foundations and is scheduled for Owner turnover in October 2020.
This project was initially designed with Hot Mix Asphalt ( HMA ) for the majority of the site pavement, with a “voluntary alternate” from K&M Concrete utilizing DuctilCrete, an engineered slab on grade process that provides increased strength, durability and less joints than conventional concrete. The value engineering process began with a review and assessment that Portland Cement Concrete Pavement ( PCCP ) provides compared to HMA, and working in tandem with the General Contractor the K&M team provided a DuctilCrete engineered solution that will both serve the immediate facility needs and provide significant savings in reduced annual and scheduled maintenance. In an effort to provide the best value possible K&M Concrete searched for a concrete producer that could provide a dedicated plant, produce a superior product at a competitive price and the daily volume required to place and finish nearly 57 acres of PCCP surface and meet the project schedule. As part of the final pavement design, existing sub grade materials were strengthened utilizing Cement Stabilized Soils ( CTS ), incorporating an engineered proportion of cement with existing soils provided the working platform required to support all construction site activity.
In May, peripheral roadway pavement was under construction and once completed the K&M team will focus all project resources to the site pavement, trial batching and test slabs; they are in progress and final adjustments to mix design will be complete to support maximum daily volume.
We are proud to be a project Team Member and appreciate the collaboration provided by the General Contractor and Owner for the opportunity to provide a superior pavement product that will return benefits to this facility for many years.
We will be updating this page as the project progresses, so we invite you to visit again soon, to catch up on the latest progress in this very exciting project!
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