Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company
For Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company, keeping employees safe during a tornado is a top priority. With such a purpose in mind, SMBH, Inc. joined Bristol Group to design and construct a unique new training facility for the iconic crane and heavy construction equipment manufacturer. The 30,000-square-foot training and quality assurance facility houses three classrooms, labs and high bays to accommodate any size Link-Belt crane. This $6-million facility also has three tornado shelters designed using FEMA 361 and ICC-500 Storm Shelter Standards.
Housed entirely within the existing building, these shelters are located in the restroom areas. No part of these shelters' structure is included as part of the larger building framing as designing an entire building to withstand the destructive forces of a tornado would be prohibitively expensive. But, designing smaller, heavily reinforced concrete structures within and completely independent of the larger building, provided for a secure, cost-effective shelter.
The building's main structure features steel moment frames with an open web steel bar joist roof. Steel girts support the building's metal wall panels. Included within the building footprint is a crane rail system supporting two 25-ton cranes and two 5-ton cranes. Despite a very tight timeline, our team delivered pricing and construction drawings at the critical milestones required by the owner. Within three weeks, the steel pricing set was delivered and final permit drawings were submitted two weeks following the steel pricing.
Communication and collaboration with Bristol Group were critical to success in meeting deadlines. With all parties clearly understanding expectations, these essential elements of the design/build delivery model proved invaluable to the delivery of this "tornado safe" facility.