New Commercial Construction in North Branford, CT
R&R Freight Services is a licensed ICC freight distributor and broker, they also provide secure warehousing services for customers who benefit from cross-docking services, real
time transaction reporting, and comprehensive status reports.
The Business Situation
In order to more effectively manage their growing full-service distribution operations, R&R Freight owners decided to invest in a new state of the art facility that would enable operational cost efficiencies. Pat Munger Construction Company, Inc. was selected for their Design/Build Services to erect a new 20,000 sq-foot warehouse and freight transfer facility.
R&R Freight’s business plan required more space than the town zoning board would allow due to wetlands protocol within the property’s perimeter, this caused management to revise their plans and settle for a smaller building footprint that met code requirements.
Balance zoned building height with cleared internal heights to optimize racking space.
Build a state of the art facility that would enable operational cost efficiencies.
Munger Construction was able to remedy this challenge by Value Engineering a building that rose vertically higher than was originally planned, as well as installing high volume ceiling level sprinklers that are more space efficient than in-rack sprinklers. State of the art loading docks and narrow-aisle storage systems were installed to optimize the overall freight transfer time, as well as motion sensor lights to reduce energy costs.
Munger and Criscuolo Engineering optimized warehouse space by designing a building that rose vertically higher than was originally planned.
A new Varco-Pruden pre-engineered steel warehouse and freight transfer facility features a low profile standing seam roof and high volume ceiling level sprinklers that are more space efficient than in rack sprinklers.
Narrow-aisle laser guided forklift system enables twice the storage capacity compared to traditional wide-aisle forklift environments.
State of the art loading docks optimize freight transfer time.
Motion sensor lighting reduces energy costs.
The completed project allowed R&R Freight to double their warehousing and distribution services, as well as eliminate the need to rent off-site warehouse space in order to serve customers. Across the board, R&R Freight’s operational costs have been dramatically reduced while significantly improving overall customer experience.
Consultative Partnerships are Essential for Project Feasibility
There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes before a decision is made to break ground. The R&R Freight – Munger relationship is a great example of how Munger partners with its customers to add value in all stages of a project life cycle from pre-selection through post-occupancy.
R&R Freight owners approached Munger Construction after receiving a recommendation from business associates. “We selected Munger due to its reputation and the confidence that they earned during the consultative selling process and we also liked the work they did for Shoreline Auto Body,” stated Russell D’Agostino, Principal of R&R Freight. “Many ideas were presented with respect to the building foundation and in designing a facility that was higher than originally planned. Also, Munger knew what would be acceptable to the town of North Branford. This project might not have been approved without Munger’s involvement in this phase.”
“Wetlands and zoned building height restrictions made this a challenging project,” stated David DeMaio, Munger president. “Through a collaborative effort involving Munger and our partners we achieved the desired cubic space through creative placement of the building footprint on the site along with a low-profile roofing system. This
helped us to earn the confidence that R&R Freight needed to make this investment decision.”
Teamwork Essential for Success
Munger was responsible for all phases of project management from planning and zoning through occupancy. Munger craftsmen performed various concrete work and carpentry and built a bathroom.
• DesignTwo Architects
• Criscuolo Engineering – Site Plan; Planning And Zoning Coordination
• Tenedine Construction – Site Work
• Michael Horton Associates – Foundation And Slab
• First Choice Steel Erectors – Steel Building Erection
• Mack Fire Protection – Design And Install Sprinkler System
• DFG Electric
“We didn’t have to be involved in the project implementation. We ran our business while Munger ran the project.” – Russell D’Agostino – Principal, R&R Freight
“Our new 20,000 sq. ft. facility enabled us to double our warehousing and distribution business, improve the customer experience and dramatically reduce operational costs. After receiving a recommendation from business associates we selected Munger due to its reputation and the confidence that they earned during the consultative selling process. We also liked the work they did for Shoreline Auto Body. Many ideas were presented with respect to the building foundation and in designing a facility that was higher than originally planned. Munger knew what would be acceptable to the town of North Branford. This project might not have been approved without Munger’s involvement in this phase. We ran our business while Munger ran the project.”
Russell D’Agostino, Principal, R&R Freight