CHICAGO (Dec. 10, 2013) – Clayco, a national innovator in the design-build industry, announces the completion of its first project in Mexico for Caterpillar Inc. The 450,000-square-foot distribution center includes a full-service kitchen for employees, soccer field and outdoor grill. It was important to create a workplace that employees are comfortable in and enjoy coming to.
The project was completed on time and on budget at just under $20 million. Clayco served as the design-builder consultant, and worked closely with local design and construction firm Copachisa. Forum Studio, Clayco’s design firm, helped with material submittal reviews, quality control, commissioning and the punch list for close out. Clayco managed the project based on its previous experience building Caterpillar facilities.
“Overall, this project demonstrated our team’s ability to adapt to any project. Through strong communication and collaboration with Forum Studio and Copachisa, we were able to produce a sustainable facility that incorporates important cultural elements while meeting all of Caterpillar’s specs and insurance requirements,” said Bob Clark, Chairman and CEO of Clayco.
Several modifications were made to Clayco’s previous designs for Caterpillar based on locally available products.
For instance, clay tile was used instead of ceramic tile, which is not commonly found in the region. In the U.S., it is more cost-effective to use tilt-up concrete however it is more expensive to use this process in Mexico so structural steel columns and aluminum were used in its place.
The distribution center began construction Aug. 20, 2012, and was completed Aug. 4, 2013. The warehouse will distribute service parts providing stock and emergency service to Mexican dealers.