Clayco Completes 1 Million SF Distribution Center for Dollar General
CHICAGO (May 21, 2012) – Clayco Inc. has completed construction of a 1 million-square-foot distribution complex for Dollar General in Bessemer, Ala.
The distribution center – Dollar General’s 10th in the country – brings approximately 650 jobs to the area and serves more than 1,100 Dollar General stores in Alabama and the Southeast.
The project includes a 950,000-square-foot warehouse, two stand-alone guardhouses, a 5,000-square-foot dispatch building, and an 11,000-square-foot truck maintenance facility. Employees benefit from a raised pedestrian walkway from the warehouse to the parking lot and a break room with occupancy for 500 people.
“Dollar General made valuable investments in this project that will result in significant operating efficiencies over the lifecycle of the facility,” said Matt Willson, Clayco’s senior project manager. “There was a real focus on materials that will stand the test of time.”
For example, the warehouse features a specialty “shrinkage compensating” concrete floor slab – typically used for cold storage – that is more resistant to damage and wear. Instead of a standard asphalt parking lot, Dollar General selected concrete pavement, which will last longer and require less maintenance. Clayco poured more than 2.1 million square feet of concrete to accommodate staging and parking for Dollar General’s employees and semi-truck fleet, plus an additional 1 million square feet for the floor slab and pre-cast concrete walls.
The heating and cooling system represents another sustainable feature. The centrally located plant uses ammonia, glycol, and a boiler system to heat and cool throughout the building.
Minneapolis-based architecture and engineering firm Leo A. Daly designed the distribution center. Clayco’s team included Dave Moses, executive vice president and partner; Anthony Johnson, project executive; Willson; Bryan Zehnder, senior project engineer; Arnez Stevenson, project superintendent; Bob Eidson, superintendent; and Joel Coleman, operations manager.