Design-Build Firm Relocates Mechanical Room, Adds On to Loading Dock for Alsco


ARCO/Murray boilers
(Photos: ARCO/Murray National Construction Co.)


ARCO/Murray loading dock
(Photos: ARCO/Murray National Construction Co.)

Staff Writer |

SAN DIEGO — ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. completed a mechanical room relocation and canopy building addition here for Alsco earlier this year.

Last November, a boiler malfunction caused the textile rental company to shut down its mechanical room and rent a temporary boiler. Alsco hired ARCO/Murray to relocate the mechanical room and install new mechanical-room equipment. The firm was able to complete the project by early April, limiting the amount of money spent to utilize a temporary boiler.

The mechanical-room relocation included demolition of a two-story storage and office area to make room for the new system, which included a 400-horsepower boiler, a water softener package, and a brand-new water system with a stack economizer. ADA-compliant bathrooms were also constructed.

ARCO/Murray was responsible for the demolition and reconstruction as well as all power and process piping tie-ins to the equipment within the mechanical room and out to the existing wash floor and wastewater systems.

While the expedited mechanical-room project was under construction, ARCO/Murray was also hired to design and permit a 5,000-square-foot loading dock addition. Through careful coordination with the City of San Diego and Alsco, ARCO/Murray was able to complete the project with limited interruption of Alsco’s operations and minor disruption of the city’s traffic flow, the company reports.

Along with the canopy, ARCO/Murray was responsible for demolishing and replacing approximately 300 linear feet of sidewalk. The new dock canopy is able to hold six step vans and one box truck, increasing loading capacity and allowing Alsco to load completely within its property lines.

Project executive Elliot Mata and project manager Patrick Hidder represented ARCO/Murray. Bob Stephens served as Alsco’s corporate engineer, and Shane Harrison, the San Diego plant’s general manager, served a vital role in coordinating between Alsco and ARCO/Murray during construction.


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