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Marmon Keystone Warehouse Facility, Birmingham, Ala.

When an EF4 tornado left a path of destruction throughout Birmingham in April 2011, Marmon Keystone, a wholesale distributor of steel tubular products based in Birmingham, sustained considerable damage to its large warehouse facility on Goodrich Drive. The business was forced to run operations from a temporary remote office location. Representatives of Marmon Keystone were eager to gain operations back in Birmingham as quickly as possible.

JOHNSONKREIS Construction Co., a Varco Pruden builder, worked with TurnerBatson Architects to develop a resilient plan to help the company emerge from the disaster and reconstruct the facility in an expeditious, sustainable, high-performance and progressive manner.

The rebuild includes 97,800 square feet of office space, warehouse space and a light manufacturing building in which approximately 11,000 square feet is an office area with a tornado-safe room. The 86,000-square-foot warehouse space houses five overhead cranes operating in two full-length bays.

The structure was built using Varco Pruden Buildings' Continuous Truss frames. The construction of the warehouse also included Varco Pruden's Vee Rib metal wall system with a Cool Imperial Blue KXL finish and SSR standing seam roof system in 24-gauge Galvalume.

Translucent panels installed in the eaves and around the perimeter of the building allow natural light to filter into the warehouse. Additionally, the warehouse interior was painted white to reflect the light, and the open web truss design allows for distribution of the natural light throughout the facility.

Denny Deringer, vice president of operations for Marmon Keystone, says the interior was spacious, bright and provided a safe work environment. "The building is not only aesthetically pleasing, it's operationally functional," he says.


Builder: JOHNSONKREIS Construction, Birmingham

Architect: TurnerBatson Architects, Birmingham

Metal building system: Varco Pruden Buildings, Memphis, Tenn.,