Design-Build Construction Adds Speed, Lowers Costs for Manufacturers

Speed, efficiency, and value in construction are driving bottom-line results for manufacturers. With a design-build delivery system, our project team is well-positioned to control costs through the design and construction phases of the work, resulting in significant cost savings and faster speed-to-market for the owner.

“Design-build partnerships get the job done better and faster, with less complexity for the owner. Owners see fewer change orders, gain an accelerated construction schedule, and are able to lock in a guaranteed maximum price.” – Jeff Boehm, President of Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc.

Good news: design-build offers maximum efficiency, single-source accountability

In a design-build delivery model, the architecture, engineering, and construction process are all streamlined for optimum efficiency. Once our design-build team is in motion, the project owner gains single-source accountability for easier communication and control. The architect and builder collaborate at each stage of the project, influencing and optimizing architectural design and materials decisions and identifying the best construction solutions, every step of the way. Plus, an integrated team can make design determinations with real-time feedback on costs.

Faster building = faster profits

A manufacturing company that’s moving forward with a major new facility is not only making a big investment, it is building potential — for corporate growth, market share, and increased profit margins. At Shockey, we understand that lead times matter, and getting the job done right — as soon as possible — is critical. The faster your manufacturing project is up and running, the faster it can start making money.

Over many decades, Shockey has brought its Partner of Choice philosophy to manufacturing and industrial design-build projects. In 2020 alone, we expect to complete more than a million SF of manufacturing space near key interstate markets (Interstate 81, Interstate 95, Interstate 66) in Virginia and West Virginia.

Representative design-build projects currently underway, all for repeat clients, include:

Manufacturing, Office & Distribution Center

For the Trex Company, a new 188,000 SF manufacturing facility constructed of precast wall panels on a conventional steel-framed structure with a low sloped EPDM roofing system. A steel superstructure extends above the majority of the roofing system to accommodate the equipment installations required for the manufacturing operations. The facility includes traditional loading docks for shipping and receiving, as well as 10 dedicated wood chip receiving docks for the introduction of material into the manufacturing process. Shockey has built more than one million SF for the Trex Company in Winchester, Virginia, close to Interstates 81 and 66.

Two Light Manufacturing Buildings

Building 1 is a 63,000 SF facility and Building 2 is a 176,000 SF facility. Both structures clear interior heights of 32’ and are built on conventional steel frames, using load-bearing insulated tilt wall panels for exterior walls. The facilities comprise the first phase of the Graystone Industrial Center, located near Interstate 81 in Winchester, Virginia.

Distribution Center

Expansion of a distribution center for manufacturer Melnor Inc., representing an additional 159,000 SF for this repeat client. Shockey previously constructed a 130,000 SF facility for Melnor that houses office space, research and development labs, and a distribution center.  These projects are located in the Stonewall In­dustrial Park, just west of In­terstate 81, in Frederick County, Virginia.

Steel-Frame Warehouse

Construction of a new concrete slab-on-grade, steel-frame warehouse with reinforced concrete tilt-up exterior walls. The 404,000 SF warehouse is equipped with LED lighting, 32 ft. ceilings, dock doors, a trailer court area, sprinkler and monitored fire alarm. The facility is located in Berkeley Business Park, one mile from Interstate 81 in Martinsburg, West Virginia.



Each of these partnerships have evolved into relationships of trust and confidence, with all parties secure in the knowledge that careful recommendations — ones that are best for the project — will be offered. The decisions that follow are made easily, with the best information and the guidance of an industrial design-build expert.  If you’d like to learn more about the value and opportunity that a design-build project can bring to your business, contact us today.