Case Studies

Project SouthShore – The Conlan Company

Performing repeat business for an online retail giant

With an aggressive construction schedule, groundbreaking for the 2.4 million-square-foot facility took place in November 2013 and the project was completed in September 2014. The Conlan Company, a national commercial contracting firm headquartered in Atlanta, was charged with the general contracting duties for construction of Project SouthShore, a new distribution center for a major web based retailer.

Since its inception in 1987, Conlan has grown from a small commercial contractor to a national company with additional offices in Dallas and Jacksonville, Florida. Licensed from the East Coast to California, Conlan delivers true professionalism in construction management and consulting services for the commercial and industrial construction markets.

An experienced team

With a portfolio of numerous industrial distribution centers, Conlan has created a wealth of repeat customers. “We’ve been privileged to build for these customers on a regular basis over the last several years,” says Mark Kunst, project manager for Conlan.

With such a tight deadline, construction crews often worked 24 hours a day on the facility, which is refered to as a “fulfillment center,” as it fulfills and ships customers’ online orders. As the general contractor on the project, Conlan utilized its own in-house crews to complete all of the concrete work. The slab was laid in December 2013 and the walls, which were poured on-site, were put up in January and February 2014 and lifted upright using cranes.

Other than the construction schedule, Kunst says that Conlan is so well-versed in these types of projects that the company is able to anticipate any challenges and issues that may arise, which allows Conlan and its subcontractors to properly prepare for those issues and have a solution already in place. “We are the No. 1 contractor for building distribution centers in the country,” he adds.

A full-service company

The ability to self-perform the concrete package on a majority of its projects allows Conlan total control over cost, schedule and quality of the concrete portion. “We believe that our ability to self-perform our concrete work is a service to our clients,” says Kunst. “It allows us to offer our clients a cost-advantage, high-quality product.”

When it comes to choosing subcontractors to work with, Conlan has established working relationships with numerous strategic partners. “We work largely in building warehouses and distribution centers, so we look for subcontractors that have a similar portfolio,” says Kunst. “We have a strong network of subcontracting partners that we are able to turn to, but we also look to establish new partnerships, especially as we work across the country.”

Conlan focuses on quality construction in the $1 million to $100 million range in the areas of new construction, expansions and additions. The company’s interiors group focuses on $10,000 minor renovations to $15 million major tenant finishes and renovations. “We have the depth of resources and the experience to travel the country and serve all of our clients’ needs,” Kunst explains. “We always look to develop a long-term, repeat business relationship with each client.”

The construction and preconstruction phases on Conlan projects are supervised by seasoned managers and superintendents who bring a high level of attention and expertise to each project. This successful combination has made The Conlan Company a nationally recognized commercial contractor and a leader in industrial construction.

Published on: August 19, 2016

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