Midlink Business Park Site Designs
Five site design projects in the same area has provided the opportunity for creative design and superb coordination.
Maggie’s Catering Commissary – a small challenge (2006)
Maggie’s Catering, a popular southwest Michigan catering company, was looking to ease the burden on its existing commissary/restaurant in Kalamazoo and chose to construct a new 6,800 square foot commissary on a 1-acre site in Midlink Business Park, and to relocate their catering facility to Midlink’s Renaissance Zone, which guarantees substantial tax abatements and incentives through 2017.
The site had a private railroad spur on one side, a public roadway on another, and a 48” storm sewer and private watermain loop running through this small 1-acre parcel. All of these obstacles had to be uniquely designed around to make this project a success. Maggie’s Catering hired contractor CSM Group, who retained Prein&Newhof to perform survey and site design for the facility, including site grading, parking lots, truck dock/ loading area, utility services, and storm water drainage.
Purity Cylinder Gasses – an improved facility (2006)
Purity Cylinder Gases & Airway Oxygen, Inc., an industrial/medical gas and oxygen supplier, chose Midlink Business Park for its new 14,400 square foot facility to replace an aging facility in Kalamazoo. Purity Cylinder Gases hired contractor Tailored Building Systems, who retained Prein&Newhof to perform survey, geotechnical investigation, and site design for the facility. The site design included the typical site grading, parking lots, and utility services, along with unique features such as specialized storage areas for the gas storage, a pick-up truck dock, semi-truck dock, and overhead door ramp.
This site design also significantly improved the quality of the site’s runoff to the wetland and was permitted by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Retail Site & Street – a test in coordination (2009)
A section of Midlink Business Park was designated for retail development. Midlink asked P&N to improve the site and create a 1,500-foot public access road to the retail parcels. P&N’s work on this project included design, topographic and boundary survey, and construction administration. The right-in only access off of Sprinkle Road was near the I-94 Interchange, which required coordination between Midlink, Kalamazoo County Road Commission, and Michigan Department of Transportation. This project was built co-currently with one of the parcels, Candlewood Suites Hotel, and P&N found a way to work within their schedule.
Candlewood Suites Hotel – a renewed foundation (2009)
The area southeast of Kalamazoo near Midlink Business Park lacked an up-to-date hotel designed for business travelers. P&N was part of the team that transformed an aging 4-story hotel into the new Candlewood Suites Hotel.
P&N performed a foundation evaluation and density testing on the existing structure and discovered an 8-inch layer of poor material that needed to be replaced. P&N also created a civil site plan, performed an Environmental Site Assessment, and provided a boundary survey and construction staking. The site was very small, and P&N worked closely with the fire department to make sure there was proper access for emergency vehicles.
Kaiser Aluminum Plant – a unique redesign (2010)
Kaiser Aluminum chose to convert a vacant building at Midlink Business Park into a new aluminum extraction facility, taking advantage of a tax-free Renaissance Zone. They worked with the CSM Group, who brought in Prein&Newhof to design site improvements and provide topographic and boundary surveys and construction staking. Kaiser is a very unique business with unusual equipment that needed to be incorporated into the site design.
Some portions of the project were funded and managed by the tenant (Kaiser), and others were funded and managed by the property owner (Midlink). Prein&Newhof worked for both clients. The project had two construction managers and several subconsultants.
2005 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, Michigan Section
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