Design-Build Model Makes Rapid Delivery Possible for Bosch


The Project: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions

With growth on the horizon, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions enlisted Opus to deliver a 265,824-square-foot, build-to-suit warehouse and distribution center in Owatonna, Minn.

The Challenge

Bosch was on a very tight timeline and needed the building in less than 10 months. As developer, design-builder and architect, Opus expedited the process, completing the building exactly as required in just nine months, despite an unstable environment amidst the pandemic.

The Solutions

“We signed a construction contract on July 31, 2020, and Bosch took occupancy April 15, 2021," said Michael Anthony, Project Executive for Opus. “In just nine months, we designed and built a nearly 300,000-square-foot, customized turn-key production facility for them. Had it been a design-bid-build scenario, the project would have taken well over a year."

Constant collaboration and dialog were key to meeting the compressed schedule.

“We all work together from project to project and that makes all the difference," Anthony said. “When issues arise, we get answers immediately. We don't have to wait days or even weeks for another firm to respond like they do in the design-bid-build world. We can simply pick up the phone or walk down the hall to resolve the issue immediately."

Flexibility for sequencing activities was also important. Opus knew there wouldn't be a lot of time in the spring to complete site activities before. Opus has concrete poured way ahead of schedule – before winter and before the building was even set.

“We put what was typically at the end of the project at the beginning to ensure we could meet the delivery date."

The Result

Located approximately a half mile west of I-35, the building and property serves Bosch Automotive Service Solutions' current operational needs and accommodates future business growth and expansion. In addition to the large warehouse and distribution center, the building includes 7,600 square feet of office space, a breakroom, drivers' lounge, wellness room and conference room.

Bosch's new facility also features the following:

  • 90 vehicle parking stalls
  • 30-foot clear height
  • 26 dock doors
  • 1 drive-in door
  • 12 semitrailer parking stalls

Design-build projects continue to deliver faster with improved value and greater reliability with regard to cost and schedule performance, even as projects have evolved in complexity through multiple economic cycles over the past two decades.