Wisconsin Whey

Wisconsin Whey

Wisconsin Whey

A whey processing plant was in need of engineering services to expand their newest facility in Darlington, Wisconsin. The company, Wisconsin Whey Protein, recently built a second plant in Darlington due to economic growth in the demand for whey-a byproduct of cheese. J3 Engineering Group worked with the contractor in a design-build relationship and coordinated with the architect to assist in this expansion.

The new facility was in need of additional space in order to increase capacity and storage space. The majority of the project has precast wall panels and precast floors/roofs. J3 worked closely with the precaster incorporating their standards in the design of the structure. The warehouse buildings are metal buildings designed with 110 foot clear span frames, making it necessary to have proper foundation and bracing to prevent these structures from failing. J3 engineered the concrete foundations, including numerous retaining walls to accommodate the many site elevation changes. A ramp between the old and new buildings was implemented and J3 worked with the contractor to design and provide a minimal amount of underpinning at the existing building foundations.

Wisconsin Whey Protein was also in need of consulting services to design foundations for the large process equipment, and turned to J3 for assistance. With our familiarity with the project and previous experience, we were able to easily provide these additional services.

The project is currently under construction and when completed, the company will be able to provide more product and continue to grow.

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Truck Dock Addition

Truck Dock Addition

Truck Dock Addition

A few years ago, the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee began an ambitious effort to transform the 30th Street Industrial Corridor, called Century City, into a modern industrial and office complex. One of the new firms that will be bringing manufacturing to Century City found themselves with an urgent need to add a loading dock to their leased space. J3 Engineering Group was retained to provide the firm with design, engineering and construction management for a new loading dock.

During construction, J3 acted as owner’s representative and provided construction administration with daily on site inspection of construction activities. J3’s construction manager brought 39 years of experience, acting as a liaison between the customer and the redevelopment authority so the customer was protected in trusts for budget, quality, and schedule.

The design is comprised of two concrete retaining walls on spread footings bordering the 8” thick concrete ramp that provides a loading dock height of four feet, typical for most trucks and tractor-trailers. The completed loading dock includes a new overhead door, dock leveler, bumpers, seal/shelter and vehicle restraint.  For safety the two retaining walls also include hand rails along their length to prevent injury.

The work was completed on schedule and within budget and is in use accommodating the steady stream of deliveries and shipments it was built for.

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Lakefront Cottage

Lakefront Cottage

bulldozer by the lake

Lakefront Cottage

J3 Engineering Group had the opportunity to work on a unique project providing engineering services for a 2,400 square foot cottage house 45 minutes northwest of Ann Arbor, MI. We worked with a geotechnical engineering consultant to design the foundation system for this three story house which includes a crawl space as well as a stand alone storage shed. The house and storage shed are both built into the side of a steep hill and the house is immediately adjacent to the lake.

The house was originally designed with a shallow foundation system. During construction additional geotechnical explorations indicated the need for a non-typical home foundation support system due to poor soil conditions. A deep foundation screw pile system with structural slabs and concrete beams were used to ensure stability of the house. The deep foundation system was required to be designed to withstand the additional lateral earth pressure and wind sliding force. Helical piers driven at an angle were used to resist these lateral forces applied to the cottage house foundation system.

The storage shed was also designed with a deep foundation system with structural slabs. The storage shed was built directly into the side of a steep hill so the full lateral earth pressure was resisted by battered helical piers.

In addition to the cottage house and storage shed, which J3 also helped engineer, the owner has built a 2 story boathouse and has plans to tear down his old house on top of the hill and will build a brand new home.

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Colorado Mountain Home

Colorado Mountain Home

Colorado mountain home under construction

Colorado Mountain Home

A 2,600 square foot house in the mountains of Golden, Colorado which includes an additional 580 square foot private guest suite has spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. J3 Engineering Group was chosen to provide engineering services.

Engineering for the structure was completed along with the wall bracing design meeting the 2015 International Residential Code. J3’s engineering included analysis for the deck beams, timber-framed porch, exposed glulam beams and connectors, foundation design and lateral analysis. We provided recommendations to integrate the guest suite into the truss design in order to lessen labor and material costs associated with the original design.

Soil conditions for a portion of the construction site were determined during construction to be not ideal for conventional shallow foundations. J3 revised the foundation design to account for a deep foundation system, which has a higher bearing capacity that was more suitable for the site conditions.

We also aided our client by providing drafting services, preparing a complete set of structural drawings for the permit submittal process and for use during construction.

The home is under construction and will be completed by the end of the year.

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Boerner Mercantile Building Award

Boerner Mercantile Building Award

Boerner Mercantile Building Award

April 09, 2014

A native to Port Washington, Wisconsin, and a retired New York investment banker, Daniel Ewig, decided to renovate the Boerner Mercantile Building in downtown Port Washington. This created a place for small businesses to grow while preserving the historic building from 1911. J3 Engineering Group and a local architect collaborated to achieve this vision in less time than expected and earned both J3 and the design team an award from the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Over its 103 year history, the building has been through several renovations, but none as extensive as this latest upgrade. To meet current ADA accessibility standards, the building required an installation of a new wheelchair accessible ramp, an elevator conversion, and several new entrances. In addition, J3 coordinated with the architect to help make the building safe, including adding several new entrances and two fire-rated stairs. After cracked and damaged wood beams were discovered, multiple design options were generated to keep cost down and provide a solution that was easy to install.

Prior experience renovating historic buildings was a great asset to the architect who trusted our judgment to complete the project effectively and efficiently. Through our use of Revit, we were able to discover a discrepancy with the existing building floor to floor elevations, which prevented any needed construction modifications. By discovering the error, we eliminated any field issues before they began.

The Boerner Mercantile Building was nominated as one of 17 in southeastern Wisconsin to be selected out of 200 submittals for the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Real Estate Awards. The awards ceremony will take place Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee. Look for a special editorial section within the Milwaukee Business Journal on April 11th for the featured project.

To find out more:

http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/nomination/59161

http://www.jsonline.com/business/retired-new-york-investment-banker-invests-in-hometown-port-washington-b99117429z1-229115651.html

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