We often have conversations with customers about whether they should renovate their existing building or if it should be demolished and built new. It goes without saying that there are many factors that play into each specific project, but whenever possible, we want to help them with the most cost-effective solution to fulfill their needs for today –– while taking into account their future growth. As we are reaching completion of a current renovation project, we visited with Matt Benda, Director of Operations, for Gavilon about their dry fertilizer terminal at the Port of Catoosa in Oklahoma
1. Why did Gavilon choose to renovate vs. rebuild?
Although the interior walls and outer front wall were not in the best of shape, both Gavilon and Marcus saw value in the existing roof and warehouse floor. By choosing a remodel instead of a rebuild, we were also able to operate during the project.
2. What were some of your key goals you wanted to maintain during your remodel?
Operationally we wanted to continue unloading barges into our limited storage space, along with being able to continue servicing our customers.
3. With staying in operation, what were your main safety concerns and how were they dealt with?
Knowing that both construction traffic (Marcus demo and remodel) and payloader traffic (Gavilon fertilizer Fall season) would be a safety concern inside the warehouse. A two-phase approach was decided on. This gave both Gavilon and Marcus access to different ends of the building allowing operations to continue alongside of the remodel.
4. Will new products/services be added after the renovation?
Two 16-ton vertical blenders will be added to the warehouse, allowing customers the option of custom blends and impregnation. Two outbound conveyance systems with conditioning hoppers.
5. Reflecting on your existing building compared to the renovated building, did it meet your expectations?
Yes, and beyond. Ross Marcus was the mastermind behind the project. Ross engineered an economical solution, and we have the bones of a brand-new warehouse.
6. How important was the full-time Marcus Onsite Superintendent?
An onsite superintendent was a great addition to this project. In the event of questions or changes that needed to be made it was executed in a timely manner reducing project down time. Gavilon had one point of contact on site that we communicated with, which was nice.
7. Was your construction schedule met?
All phases of the construction schedule were either on-time or ahead of schedule.