Wastren Advantage dedicates new headquarters built by Geiger Brothers

WAI Exterior

Officers and staff of Wastren Advantage, Inc. (WAI) formally dedicated the company’s new office building near Piketon on May 18, 2011, following a Geiger Brothers fast-track construction effort that spanned less than six months from groundbreaking to readiness for occupancy. The visually stunning and extremely functional energy efficient corporate office building rose quickly to house about 50 core WAI executives and staff.

Geiger Brothers began site preparation in late November 2010 on Shyville Road just north of the Pike County (Ohio) uranium enrichment complex and near the OSU South Centers.

Geiger Brothers began clearing and grading work as design continued. Completion requirements were aggressive due to WAI commitments.  January was not an ideal time of year to start foundations, but Geiger Brothers was able to come out of the ground and get enclosure by using lean construction scheduling methodology and tightly controlling milestones while dovetailing self-performed work with managed subcontracts.

In an effort to keep the project moving in order to meet WAI’s time frame for being fully functional and moving staff in place, Geiger Brothers’ constructability review changed the structural steel primer requirements to AISC allowable finishes in a concealed space, modified the HVAC equipment and controls for a simpler integrated approach, and changed many of the exterior site features to allow for better drainage solutions on this beautiful wooded site.

The 11,000-square-feet contemporary corporate office building features multiple and flexible conference rooms; large, open and expandable work areas; and a centralized core area for building services and common spaces.

The exterior has vertical metal siding panels, cement fiberboard panels and some masonry veneer with a standing seam metal roof. The building meets sustainable design standards and features rain garden storm water control, natural lighting, a high efficiency HVAC system, low VOC finishes and the use of recycled materials.

Geiger Brothers received accolades from WAI and the project architect for being able to meet a demanding schedule while safely performing the work in a quality and cost-efficient manner.

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