Contract: $4,500,000 Owner: IUOE Local 302 Synopsis: Local 302 purchased the southeast corner of 40th Avenue and Denali Street with the goal of constructing the maximum size building that codes would allow while providing at least 60 surface parking spaces for large meetings. Local 302's desire to occupy the building by December 1, 2008 was aggressive, allowing only 6 months for construction. Design was finalized in early April, all permits in hand by early May and construction began right after road restrictions were off. RHC had identified the critical path and long lead items early in the project and those materials were already on order and shop drawings were almost complete. RHC and its designers worked diligently to meet all the program needs including a large training and meeting hall in a 16,000 square foot building. We were also able to provide 65 full size parking spaces. We were able to meet the budget and still include an extensive snow melt system at the main entry and sidewalks.
Contract: $13,600,000 Owner: Food Services of America (FSA) Synopsis: Food Services of America (FSA) is the largest wholesale food distributor in Alaska. In 1996 RHC constructed FSA’s initial 92,000 square foot warehouse and office facility on a 20 acre site at 10420 Olive Lane here in Anchorage. Three years later, we added another 42,000 SF of warehouse and 6,000 SF of office space to that facility. We are currently increasing the warehouse by yet another 56,000 SF. To meet FSA’s needs, RHC hired an architect, civil and structural engineers, and subcontractors responsible for designing and constructing the mechanical, sprinkler, and electrical systems. RHC coordinated all design disciplines and performed the general contractor work. The 6,000 SF office area that was added in 1999 was especially challenging. It occurred inside the building by extending the 60’ wide third floor another 100 LF above a chilled product loading dock (kept at 38 degrees F) that was in use 24/7. Many creative solutions were devised to install the steel floor framing members 20’ above the dock level and perform other work without disrupting FSA’s freight handling operations. How well did we perform? FSA sole source negotiated with RHC for the current 56.000 SF addition.
Contract: $14,300,000 Owner: United Parcel Service Synopsis: This unique and exciting project was a two phase project. The first phase was bid in May 2005 using 80 percent complete drawings and award was made in June. However, due to permit issues, construction did not begin until early July. The project was given to the customer for their use by the middle of October. Roger Hickel Contracting and UPS, working together, were able to adjust schedules and budgets in order to complete the work on time and meet UPS's need for added aircraft parking spaces. This first phase involved the construction of new ramp space for UPS's expanding facility at Ted Stevens International Airport. It contains some 325,000 square feet of new paved ramp area with concrete hardstands for Boeing 747 and the new Airbus A380 aircraft. New high tower lighting was installed as well as 2,300 feet of underground fueling system. To accommodate the elevations of the existing property, a 700 foot long by 10 foot high modular retaining wall was constructed to facilitate the final design elevations. The entire project was surrounded by new chain link security fence. Surplus excavation from the Phase I site was used to construct the subgrade for the future Phase II expansion. The second phase was awarded in the Spring of 2006. Work associated with this phase included placement of over 120,000 tons of fill material, installation of a new fueling system, electrical upgrades, and the installation of a snowmelt station. The major challenges overcome during this project included meeting a demanding schedule and a tight budget without impacting surrounding operations, as well as the challenges of installation of a first of its kind snowmelt station. The Alaska chapter of Associated General Contractors presented RHC the Excellence in Construction Award for this project – “2007 Challenge of a Job, Over $3,000,000 Transportation, Marine, Heavy Earthmoving.
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska Contract: $14,000,000 Owner: NC Machinery/CAT Rental Synopsis: The new NC Machinery rental store in Fairbanks, Alaska consisted of a 50,000 SF two-story building. This design-build project was designed by Don Dwiggins and included a showroom, parts counter, service bays, warehouse, and office areas. The building also featured structural steel, concrete tilt-up panels, metal joist/decking, and a 10 ton overhead bridge crane.