Design and Functionality Come to Life
Kyle Associates was procured to provide civil and structural engineering services for the development of a 32 acre site in St. James Parish, LA for a new $11million galvanizing facility.
Initially, Kyle Associates assisted in the site evaluation and procurement phase, in which 4 sites across southeast Louisiana were identified and vetted. Upon site selection, Kyle Associates prepared all permitting documents (municipal, DEQ, DNR, and USCOE-wetlands) in preparation for engineering design and construction. The project consisted of four buildings on a 32-acre site. Storm water control demands required that the project was a contained site, which dictated a 4-acre retention pond and moat system. The balance of the site was a 60,000 square foot galvanizing plant, two 6,000 square foot fabrication buildings, and a 3,500 square foot office. The site was developed as a controlled access, secured site.
The largest portion of the project consisted of a 600’ x 100’ pre-engineered building that housed six process solution tanks and one zinc kettle, containing 2 million pounds of zinc in its operating state. The foundation design consisted of 70’ composite pile system, pile caps and structural concrete. As the solution tanks and kettle are recessed, pits in the foundation were designed as an integral part of the building slab. Additionally, a basement level furnace room was constructed to house the gas furnace system. The metal building had a clear eave height of 43’, a bridge crane system as well as a monorail system for the movement of product in and around the kettle.
Accessory buildings attached to the plant include an observation deck, meeting/break room, restrooms, and fuel and chemical storage. Accessory buildings include two fabrication buildings 60’ x 100’ in size, with a clear eave of 24’. All structures were pile supported to meet the current IBC and wind loads for the area.
The civil portion of the project began with the planning of the plant operational processes and identification and sizing of the required parking, vehicle movements, product staging areas, and finished product movement and eventual storage. Civil engineering included the design of the retention pond and perimeter drainage system, the aggregate paving section, sub-surface drainage, and fencing. Also all site utilities were a part of the Kyle Associates design, including fire protection and potable water, natural gas (4” service), waste water treatment plant and conveyance system, and electrical power distribution.
The actual cost of the project is $11,000,000.00.