New England Propeller
385 Town Street
East Haddam, CT 06423
New England Propeller has been a customer of Munger Construction since Pat Munger himself was running the business more than 30 years ago. The challenge of this construction project was the positioning of the new building. According to fire code regulations, the new building could not be attached to the existing building on site. The new building was constructed a distance away with a fire rated connector going from the existing building to the new one to enable movement between the two buildings without going outside.
Placement of the new building required Munger to design a unique loading dock with a sloped floor to accommodate the differences in height of the finished floor of each building. The floor of the fire-rated connector had to be sloped at the perfect pitch to allow fully loaded forklifts to navigate the uphill slope. If the slope was too steep, the forklifts could not make the climb. If the slope was too low, the loading docks would not operate properly.
Ultimately the new building successfully maximized warehouse space while avoiding zoning variance issues and costly fire rating expenses. Finally, following construction, a 114 kw PV solar system was installed on the roof of the new building for their energy needs.