Because of the quality of construction provided on a previous project in 2001, Suncoast Beverage Sales President, Tim Mitchell selected Stevens Construction for the renovation and addition to their 114,460-square foot warehouse and distribution center.
Located at 2996 Hanson Street in Fort Myers, Suncoast Beverage Sales wanted to expand their existing warehouse to more efficiently accommodate the 80 brands of beverages the company supplies to their 1,100 accounts throughout southwest Florida.
Stevens Construction removed the existing keg cooler and converted the existing drive-thru to a 5,625-square foot, state-of-the-art, refrigerated keg cooler. Because the beer is perishable, it was imperative that the cooler remain at 34-degrees for optimal quality.
The project also included the addition of a new, 69-degree, 4,000-square foot chilled environment warehouse (CEW).
The warehouse is mandated by Budweiser, as such, every day, the project had to be at showroom quality as it was still an occupied and operating facility during construction. At the end of each workday, the floors were cleaned very thoroughly to ensure dust was kept to a minimum and did not comprise the product.
Also, for further protection, Stevens Construction isolated the construction area from the operating warehouse by tenting off the perimeter to prevent dust from getting onto the product during the demolition.
The product had to be relocated every day because it was in the path of the overhead refrigerant lines that were being installed and had to be moved daily. This required constant coordination with the Suncoast Beverage Sales staff, as forklifts were used to move the product.
Stevens Construction removed the garage door entrance and converted it into the Narthex entrance.
The fitness facility had a spa with a whirlpool, Stevens Construction worked in close coordination with the Health Department to ensure the whirlpool was safely removed and converted the spa into a ministry room.
The fitness facility has a tennis courts on the exterior of the property which is remaining in operation, as the tennis club is leasing the property from the church. The tennis courts remained open throughout construction; as such equipment and material deliveries were safely coordinated and monitored to ensure maximum safety for players. Stevens Construction isolated the project from the courts as there were oftentimes curious players wanting a glimpse of the construction. Two tennis tournaments occurred throughout the project.
It was imperative to the client that this project be open for Easter. The project was completed within an aggressive three month schedule enabling Grace Baptist to open for Easter Sunday services. There was no room for error on the schedule and the construction team worked nights and weekends to meet the tight deadline.