This $9 million combination of offices and manufacturing space has proven to be perfect third step for this amazing private high-tech company. AvL Technologies started in the Asheville river arts district, and after quickly outgrowing that space they renovated the old Food Lion strip mall in Woodfin, NC. This second step in their growth as a company was quickly followed by a more ambitious project directly across the street, again by Fisher Architects along with the same construction management team. H&M entered into a Cost Plus with a GMP contract with AvL Technologies and fast-tracked this process by releasing three separate phases: a site-work phase, structural phase, and then the final phase including the remainder of the project. This enabled H&M to proceed with the site work while focusing on the difficult task of designing and procuring the structural steel in order to meet the owner’s aggressive schedule. This one-year schedule included the removal of 7500 CY of rock removal requiring extensive rock hammer and explosive use and allowed the owner to meet their business goals.
Buncombe County hired H&M Constructors using a CM@Risk delivery system due to the complexities of this project. The design team at had never designed a facility like this, and other municipalities have struggled to allow for such a harsh processing environment. Preconstruction efforts for H&M involved numerous trips to facilities around the state interviewing the men and women who work there. After months of discovery and discussions, and through a true team effort, this facility exceeded expectations. Phasing included an early site package that involved excavating and relocating 21,500 tons of the 50+ year-old Buncombe County landfill over a 3-month process to the current lined subtitle D landfill. The structural team at SKA Consulting Engineers designed this facility to function over top of the remaining landfill by utilizing a structural slab tied to 550ea 12” micropiles reaching depths that average 50’ down to bedrock. This $9 million facility has tripled the county’s waste handling capacity via a safe, efficient and revenue generating expanding operation.
The State Employees Credit Union had eleven key locations that needed substantial infrastructure efficiency upgrades primarily including roofs, HVAC, and curtainwall. Numerous other items became a part of the scope as each of these locations were already having to hang up their “Pardon Our Dust” signs and stay open for business. A partnership with MacDonald York Building Company in Raleigh and designs by ClarkNexsen allowed this work to occur throughout the state without any disruption in coordination, efficiency or business. This is another excellent example of partnerships serving the owner on complicated projects.