Randall Metals shipping addition


East Chicago, IN Industrial Addition

This simple but impactful East Chicago addition (East Chicago, IN) is designed with a focus on process improvements and efficiency. The addition enables the flow of materials through processing to shipping in a linear arrangement.

Existing production lines are reconfigured with their product delivered to a convenient stagging and quality control inspection area. From there, the product is readied for shipping.

The addition features a new depressed truck dock with safety and efficiency playing crucial roles. The location of the addition also minimizes outbound trucks from conflicting with inbound deliveries.

The addition was to match the form and finishes of the existing structure. The existing facilities are a pre-engineered metal building system by Butler Manufacturing (www.ButlerMfg.com). The facility has a unique concrete base wall, providing durability in the low-level material handling level.

Existing electrical and HVAC systems were extended to serve the new addition. Dock levelers, fall guards, and trailer retention devices ensure a safe working environment. The lowered dock area features a sump pit to evacuate stormwater and snow melt to the exterior.

To simplify the detailing of the addition’s connection to the existing structure, the high point of the roof remains below the eave level of the existing structure.


Industrial Facility Addition Design


Randall Metals Corporation

What We Did

Virtual Reality Architecture, Architectural Detailing, Construction Planning

Project Team

Mark Eric Benner – Architects, Ltd.

Structural Engineer: Structural Engineering Consultants, Inc.

MEP Engineer: Yagla Engineering Services

General Contractor: Chapple Design – Build

Spaces Designed to Harmonize

Value Focussed, Creative Designs

Collaborative Interactive Team Process

We first must imagine the perfect home. Then we consider each of the essential components and how they will relate, interact, and enhance each other to become integral parts of the symphony.


A visual exploration of the project details.


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