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Caterpillar (Formerly Bucyrus International)
The Caterpillar (formerly Bucyrus International) complex is made up of more than 30 buildings that were constructed over a period of more than one hundred years. Many of the older buildings no longer serve their original function and most could not accommodate the functional requirements to manufacture the company’s latest generation of electric mining shovels, blasthole drills, and walking draglines.
GRAEF met with a project team from Caterpillar to discuss their anticipated production requirements and to begin the planning process to bring their manufacturing space into the 21st century. With the information that was gathered, GRAEF developed a space utilization program, project scope and schedule. GRAEF also prepared schematic drawings to illustrate the proposed development of the new buildings that were laid out to maximize process and material flow, eliminate potential production bottlenecks, and allow flexible manufacturing to handle anticipated growth in demand.
Phase 1 North
This phase is a 172,000-square-foot, 60-foot-tall crane building. Designed as a "Mill" building with three 550-foot-long parallel crane aisles capable of supporting three 10-ton radio-operated top running cranes each aisle. Design included plate crane girder design, roof joist and beams, jib crane and gantry crane supports on columns, and moment frames consisting of laced stepped columns, and heavy equipment foundations.
Phase 2 North
This phase is a 70,400-square-foot manufacturing building and 46,000-square-foot, 40-foot-tall crane building. The crane building was designed as a "Mill" building with a single 525 foot-long crane aisle capable of supporting five 25-ton radio-operated top running cranes. Design included roof joists and beams, exterior yard gantry crane runway steel, and moment frames consisting of laced stepped columns, 87-foot span trusses, and heavy equipment foundations.
Phase 1 South
This phase is a 44,000-square-foot addition to an existing crane building. Designed as a "Mill" building with single aisle, two 100-ton cranes at upper runway 50 feet above floor and two 35-ton cranes at lower runway 32 feet above floor. All cranes radio-operated top running. Design included moment frames consisting of combined stepped columns, 105-foot span trusses, and heavy equipment foundations.