Firth Rixson is a global leader in providing highly engineered forged metal products to high technology industries. Firth Rixson contracted with Evans for the multi-phase construction of their new manufacturing campus located in Midway, Georgia. Phase I included the construction of three new buildings, “A”, “B”, and “C”.
Building A is 118,778 SF and features a 50 MN forging press and a 330 MN forging press (one of the largest presses in the United States). The main press and work areas sit 45’ below existing grade and 22’ below sea level requiring the area to be completely enclosed with sheet piling to allow for deep dewatering during construction. The extreme weight of the press in the pit area required extensive H piles driven to 80’ below grade. Close to a mile of deep trenches support the electric, hydraulic and natural gas lines needed to operate the press, pump room, and furnaces. Three 45 ton bridge cranes were installed in the manufacturing area requiring all columns to be supported on H piles and caps. The building also includes a heat treat tank that sits 16’ below the FF elevation, a two-story office area with direct access to the manufacturing floor, employee locker rooms and break areas. Building B is a 57,824 SF machining/testing facility and Building C is a 30,000 SF machine shop.
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