Baker Hughes’ two new manufacturing plants, to be opened in spring 2016, will be the oil field services company’s only sites in the U.S. to use high-tech robotics in creating drilling motors for oil and gas companies.
Our $10.3 million contract for this repeat customer includes foundations, walls, slab-on-grade, slab-on-metal deck and sitework. During both phases, much of the design was not finalized at the time of construction, so Lithko had to work closely with the general contractor, design teams and other trades to ensure design-build expectations were met.
Phase one included a 34,000-square-foot, three-story office building on piers and grade beams, a tornado shelter, two levels of slab-on-metal deck, and a 132,000-square-foot, 8-inch slab-on-grade on piers and grade beams for a mechanics warehouse building.
Phase two includes a 225,000-square-foot, 8-inch slab-on-grade on piers and grade beams for the construction of a new warehouse facility (the Manufacturing Center of Excellence) to be utilized for R&D. Also included is a new gun load and truck wash building, an explosives bunker, an outdoor fuel storage area, 100,000 square feet of sidewalks, 8,500 linear feet of hand-placed curb and gutter, site walls and 750,000 square feet of 8-inch reinforced paving.
Our project team worked hard to identify constraints during the planning process, allowing Lithko to gain trust early. Weather has proved a challenge. Oklahoma experienced a wetter than normal winter and spring in 2015. In May, Oklahoma City recorded the most rainfall in the state’s history (12.99 inches). Nonetheless, we completed phase one on time with minimal quality issues.