Project Management and Design for Service Equipment Repair Facility
In the 1970’s, our client opened a parts warehouse in Hibbing, MN to service equipment. It soon became apparent customers in the area were also in need of qualified repair mechanics. Our client quickly responded by opening a repair facility in an older, rented building in the town of Virginia, close to major mining operations.
This facility required some repair work outside the main structure, which could only be done in the extreme cold of upper Minnesota. With limited parts storage at this location, the Hibbing warehouse was to remain open, the distance being approximately 22 miles from the new location in Virginia. In order to maintain existing business, as well as achieve future growth, the need for a new larger facility was paramount.
Campbell Corporation, the fast-reacting global consulting firm, was approached to evaluate existing operations, suggest process improvements and design a new consolidated facility by incorporating warehouse space, offices and large component weld/fabrication shop, within reasonable distance to Duluth, Minneapolis, and St. Paul.
Our lean project management experts evaluated current demand, plus 5, 10 and 15 year projections based on the past and calculated future needs of iron ore and taconite. We reviewed the logic of location within the region, outlining the detailed connection to customer needs. Campbell Corp was hugely successful in negotiating with the City of Virginia to provide our client with a site, ideally located for the easy access of haul trucks and large mining components. At the end of these negotiations, the City gave the site to our client and paid for grading the land, relocating drainage and obtaining permits from government agencies, on top of adding a 2.4 million dollar grant to assist in project costs.
Along with the input of our client, Campbell Corp’s facility consultants collectively designed the building, including automated retrieval systems for parts, process gas locations, fencing and gate needs and locations of sign placement for directional recognition from the highway. The project involved a large overhead crane building of sufficient height to accommodate haul trucks with high voltage electric power and drive through capacity. Campbell Corporation oversaw construction compliance to specifications, schedule and cost containment, meeting all preapproved criteria.
The offices and front elevations became an issue for the corporate offices. The client wanted to create a uniform façade and internal presence which could be used worldwide. As our involvement grew in this process, already underway during the design and construction stages, we worked closely with our client’s representative to include these changes upon availability. By working together, the facility was completed efficiently, accurately meeting every requirement. Ultimately, we established a great identity and presence for the client through a building with superb functionality.