Modern industrial buildings, from advanced technology manufacturing to petrochemical
plants, must be designed with consideration for process piping, control/monitoring
system wiring and cabling, heating, cooling and power related equipment loads as
well as conduits and ductwork. Often, the buildings require design to meet the requirements
of hazardous materials, including structural separations and secondary containment.
Vibrations, particularly in advanced technology facilities, are often a primary design
consideration. Protecting building occupants from unpleasant sensations due to structural
vibration and movement becomes secondary to the need to protect the manufacturing
process and the manufactured product from damaging movements that can interfere with
product quality and yield.
Flexibility, with regard to the modification of uses and process layout, must be
taken into account. Column grids and floor systems must be provided to allow for
changes in manufacturing technology or building function. Both immediate and proposed
future loads must be considered.
The building must, of course, fit into its physical environment to provide a pleasant
and attractive working environment for its occupants.
PKA has design and construction experience with a wide variety of structural systems
in the industrial environment. Our experience permits the evaluation, analysis and
selection of structural systems to best meet the particular needs of each project.