Burns & McDonnell leveraged an integrated design-build approach to deliver the project in phases with load-bearing, tilt-up construction, enabling Kohler to occupy more than half the facility just 10 months after breaking ground on the previously undeveloped site.
With the project’s streamlined completion timeline of 16 months, Kohler’s new warehouse will help enhance the local economy, increase tax revenues, and serve the company’s growing customer base with reduced lead times and delivery efficiency. Throughout the five-year relationship between Kohler and Burns & McDonnell, the two companies have worked together to deliver manufacturing, warehouse, and distribution facility improvements nationwide.
“As our communities and industries continue to rebound, the importance of local investment in U.S.-based manufacturing and logistics facilities cannot be understated,” said Mike Fenske, President and General Manager of the Global Facilities Group at Burns & McDonnell. “We were honored to provide an integrated design-build solution in support of Kohler’s future growth and look forward to seeing their sustained success in Huntsville and across markets worldwide.”
The joint project team overcame material challenges with steel and roofing supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19, including efforts in leveraging international supplier relationships.
Along with logistical improvements to accelerate product distribution, the new warehouse provides enhanced ergonomic and safety measures for Kohler associates. The construction of ICC 500-rated storm shelters within the warehouse and its corresponding manufacturing facility will protect occupants from winds up to 250 mph amid severe weather.