Warehouse Office Addition, ML&P Generation Division, Anchorage, Alaska
EEIS Consulting Engineers, Inc. (EEIS) designed the addition of an 835-square-foot office space with a kitchenette and bathroom inside an existing ML&P warehouse. Separation between the new freestanding wood-framed office and the existing building was maintained to allow the existing building and new office to move independently during a seismic event. The framing for the ceiling of the office was designed as a mezzanine capable of supporting light warehouse loading.
Snow Equipment Storage Building, Nome, Alaska
EEIS provided the architectural/life safety design and structural engineering for a 40-by 50-foot (2,000 square-foot), pre-engineered building with two bays to store snow removal equipment for the City of Nome. One storage bay was designed to accommodate tracked heavy equipment with four train rails embedded into the concrete slab to prevent wear of the concrete surface. EEIS provided a code study. EEIS also provided design drawings and specifications for the pre-engineered metal building and reinforced concrete thickened slab foundation for the building.
M-I SWACO Warehouse, Deadhorse, Alaska
EEIS provided the architectural/life safety design and structural engineering for an 80- by 100-foot pre-engineered metal building. The building was divided between a warehouse and office/storage areas. About one-third of the building consisted of offices on the second floor and parts storage on the first floor. The warehouse was founded on an existing gravel pad. A reinforced concrete conventional foundation was designed to support the building. Rigid insulation was installed under the slab and footings of the building. Thermosyphons were installed under the warehouse to keep the pad under the warehouse frozen.
Cold Storage Building, BP Alaska Milne Point, North Slope, Alaska
EEIS provided the architectural/life safety design and structural engineering for the construction of a 40-foot by 100-foot pre-engineered metal building for use as a cold storage warehouse. The warehouse was founded on an existing gravel pad. The building was bolted to a steel skid embedded into the existing pad. The skid was designed to be the foundation for the building. Overturning loads from wind at the site were resisted with earth anchors augered into the frozen material under the gravel pad. EEIS also handled permitting of the project with the Alaska State Fire Marshal.
Food Services of America Distribution Center, Anchorage, Alaska
This project consisted of modification and renovation of an existing warehouse building into a modern receiving and distribution center. EEIS was the prime consultant providing architectural/life safety design; civil, structural, mechanical HVAC, and electrical engineering; and landscaping design. Forty-foot vans of produce and other food products were received at this facility, broken down, and re-packaged for delivery to restaurants. A loading dock with seven bays was added to the existing building. Inside, two large coolers were added and the upper floor was remodeled into office space. Outside elements included design of a large pull-off, maneuvering, and parking area for the 40-foot vans behind the loading dock; additional employee parking; and site landscaping.
As a fast-track project, the design required great attention to detail and overall logistical planning. Only 7 months after beginning design, EEIS obtained a Certificate of Occupancy for the facility. EEIS also acted as the liaison between the contractor and the Municipality of Anchorage. EEIS handled the application for the building permit and obtained structural, civil, electrical, mechanical, and Alaska State Fire Marshal approvals. Management and execution of the permitting process by EEIS saved several weeks for the contractor, which was able to proceed with mobilization and gathering bids during that time.