Those familiar with the construction process understand that pre-planning plays a significant role in the overall success of a project. In the case of the Bulldog Cartage project, our team worked with the family-owned company as a design-assist partner to help create their vision and develop a plan for exactly how it would be implemented.

Together, with the design team and Bulldog Cartage, we deduced early on in planning that receiving zoning approval for a new freestanding building on the same property as Porter Pipe would prove to be quite difficult. That’s where creativity became key. Our project team dug in, contemplated a few options, and determined that if they ran steel decking between the two buildings along with an access gate for deliveries, the new building would be classified as an addition. The ability to think outside the box and utilize creative ideas helped to get this construction project off the ground.

Building on a site alongside a fully-functioning warehouse with extensive all-day trucking activity makes site logistics planning crucial. We were able to develop a phased sitework and concrete plan in preconstruction that would allow the main drive lane to remain open and accessible throughout construction.

In addition, we tackled what would become the most challenging part of the project early on. The building’s large footprint created a situation where we needed a place to store stormwater. The initial plan was to direct stormwater runoff to an underground stormwater retention vault. After looking into this option, we determined it would exceed the project’s budget. In the end, our project team determined that a retention pond would properly store the stormwater and would be within budget. Using structural clay, our team of trade partners created a 10’ high dam to properly hold the stormwater. Due to its proximity to a neighboring railroad, the pond had to be classified as a Class II Dam by the IDNR. This classification added another level of permit coordination with the State and the Village of Addison.

Robbie Stangle, Project Executive at Reed said, “As construction managers, we often find ourselves in situations where we need to think creatively and utilize our project team’s collective experience and knowledge to make projects happen for our clients. The Bulldog Cartage project allowed us the opportunity to truly collaborate with our design partners and trade partners. It takes all of us working together with the Owner to accomplish this type of problem solving. We worked together to successfully overcome key items like zoning and stormwater challenges.”

Many times, the hardest part of a construction project is sorting out the plan and details before work begins. This was the case with the Bulldog Cartage project, where our extensive pre-planning set the project up for success. Now complete, the 55,000 square foot warehouse will provide Bulldog Cartage with the specialized space needed for their staging, storage, and shipping needs.