PREMIER Design + Build Group overcomes challenging site problems in building state-of-the-art industrial project

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Crossroads West in Hialeah Gardens, built by PREMIER Design + Build on challenging bedrock site.

You may not immediately think of Hialeah Gardens (a town of only 20,000 residents 15 miles north of Miami) as a major economic catalyst for Southern Florida and the nation as a whole. However, it is drawing major interest from trade and logistic companies looking for a base of operations thanks to the construction of a state-of-the-art industrial complex.

One of the main facilities of that complex, Crossroads West, has recently been completed and welcomed its first tenant—an indication of a bright future for businesses in the area.

PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC helped bring this vision to life as the major strategic and problem solving force for Crossroads West. “Meeting the exacting demands of developers and prospective tenants while delivering a quality project on time and on budget is always a challenge and one that PREMIER willingly took on,” PREMIER said in a news release.

However, when it came to the excavation of the deep lake on the property, and subsequent repurposing of the excavated material, PREMIER ran into a major impediment — solid limestone formations at various depths and thicknesses throughout the lake area.

Excavation equipment broke down because it couldn’t get through the layers of bedrock and the PREMIER team had to make a decision: continue on this course and risk not making a promised delivery date or to come up with another solution.

“Given the firm’s commitment to thinking beyond the build, the entire team pivoted quickly and decided it was time to ‘dive in’ and understand exactly where the geologic anomalies were located and how they were impacting production,” the company announcement said.

PREMIER pulled the operators, engineers and surveyors into an all hands on deck meeting.

“After a careful survey and multiple test digs, the team was able to reposition the excavation equipment to maximize production in the good material and quickly move off of the bedrock veins to avoid a costly delay. It was the team’s quick thinking that enabled production to remain on target, keeping material moving across the site and the overall project schedule on track and on budget. Crossroads West opened on time.”

“Crossroads West truly represents how ingenuity and effort come together to make the impossible possible,” says PREMIER vice-president Michael Pacini. “Our team ran into a challenge and rather than sacrificing a superior build or jeopardizing important timelines, we delivered a creative solution. This is the PREMIER method – this is exactly why our clients like to work with us. They know we deliver against all odds. We haven’t met a challenge yet that we couldn’t overcome.”

Ace Transport Miami, LLC is the first business to benefit from this new facility, occupying half of the 242,859-sq. ft. warehouse. Crossroads West is adaptable to different configurations and features 32 ft. clear-height warehouse spaces, 81 truck dock positions, 2 drive-in doors, an ESFR fire protection sprinkler system and 1600 amp, 277/480 volt electrical service. Its parking lot has 227 stalls.

Crossroad West is strategically located near Florida’s Turnpike as well as neighboring sea and airports. Tenants can pull from local labor pool from surrounding Broward and Dade counties. Dade is the most populous county in Florida, with more than 2.6 million residents, and the seventh most populous county in the entire United States.

Bridge Development Partners, LLC was the developer. Ytiel Lopez Jr. of PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC is the senior project manager overseeing construction. RLC Architects are providing architectural services. Gian Rodriguez and Wayne Ramoski of Cushman & Wakefield are representing the building.

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