[Case Study] Opus Delivers Specific Needs on Heavy Manufacturing Facility

11/4/2019
​Opus recently designed and constructed a build-to-suit manufacturing facility for VPET USA, a bottling manufacturer for brands like Tabasco and Fiji Water, located in Paragon Business Park in Romeoville, Illinois. The project supports growing demand for the company's products, and the new facility has dramatically increased production capabilities and enabled faster delivery to customers in the central and southern U.S.

The VPET manufacturing facility totals 133,705 square feet, including a 4,800-square-foot office space and 128,000-square-foot general manufacturing warehouse with 40' x 50' bays, 14 loading docks and two drive-in doors.

“The most challenging part of the VPET project was that the building was originally designed and built as a spec warehouse," said Tyler Ammerman, Associate Project Manager. “Spec warehouses are designed to attract and accommodate the needs of a wide range of clientele, so when VPET expressed interest in the building, we knew they would have very specific requirements beyond the original design of the building. Electrical power presented a considerable hurdle, as their manufacturing operation required significantly more power than the spec 1200 amp service to the building. The local power company indicated a new one-mile feeder would need to be installed to accommodate the requested power requirements. This is where things got complex."

At the time, Opus was developing another spec industrial building in Paragon Business Park. That building, along with two additional spec industrial buildings, all needed power, which would come from the new feeder. Timing for operations to begin at VPET was not aligning with the other buildings, and the power company would not allow any “reserving" of load from the new feeder, since it was first come, first served. Instead of arranging with the power company to install a larger single transformer for VPET's building, Opus coordinated with consultants and the other two builders constructing in the business park, all with different service size needs, and successfully worked with the power company to install a larger capacity feeder that included the service VPET needed. As part of the process, to minimize VPET's electrical costs, Opus strategized to determine exactly the service size VPET needed to operate fully, which was less than the original estimate.

“This process took significant coordination and communication and months of design and installation," said Ammerman. “But ultimately, the new feeder was installed, and VPET received the correct electrical service to support full operation."

Pictured above: Paragon Business Park in Romeoville, which was under construction at the same time