FedEx

The Challenge:

With a tight schedule and during a very cold winter, Grassmere was contracted to provide a cost-effective solution for a building that included wide-span bays. 

A further challenge was to ensure that the building adhered to Supplementary Standard SB-10, Ontario’s enhanced energy efficiency requirements of the Ontario Building Code.

The customer was a contractor/developer that was awarded a build-to-lease contract from FedEx. They subsequently sought competitive sub-trade tenders for a supply-and-erect package for a pre-engineered building.

The Grassmere Solution:

During the negotiation process we were able to sell the “Butler Difference.” The customer recognized Butler as a premium product and, consequently, was willing to pay a slightly higher price than our competitors. Fortunately, we were able to self-perform the work through our “sister” erection company, KDM Erectors.

We utilized BRII Wall Cladding on the exterior walls and the MR24™ standing seam roof system. An exclusive feature of this project is the wide-span bays that utilize 42- and 48-foot-long truss purlins under the canopy overhang and above the loading dock doors, which run the entire length of the front end wall.

The Result:

Grassmere met all time frames, while keeping the job site safe for all personnel.

In addition, we were able to provide a pre-engineered Butler building package at a competitive price, despite a firm schedule and in the midst of a frigid winter.

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Basic Specifications:

Client: FedEx
Location: Grimsby, ON
Project Description: Construction of a distribution centre including office and warehouse
Construction Services: Project Management
Sector Served: Industrial
Project Completion Date: Fall, 2015


Total Square Feet: 47,500 (Warehouse: 44,300 and Office: 3,200)
Structural Systems: Butler Pre-Engineered Building
Roof System: MR-24®
Roof Insulation Type and Thickness: 6"/R20 Metal Building Insulation (MBI)
Wall System: Butlerib® II
Wall Insulation Type and Thickness: 4"/R14 Metal Building Insulation (MBI)