Goodman Manufacturing, part of the Daikin Group, is the number one residential and commercial HVAC manufacturer in the world. The Houston cooling plant is one million square feet, has three thousand employees and manufactures approximately 7,000 residential air conditioning units a day.
Structural Issue: A new piece of equipment required to produce a new line of air conditioning coils called an expander was purchased by the customer for installation in a section of the plant that did not have the required ceiling height needed for this machine. A penthouse was required to provide the necessary clearances required for the new expander.
Solution: We developed a plan to structurally modify the existing roof structure to add six feet to the height of the existing roof. A key factor of the design of this turnkey project was that all of the work took place on the roof without disturbing the ongoing manufacturing operations below. When the penthouse was completed the final step of cutting the opening into the penthouse was completed in one day minimizing any disruption to production and providing a safer working environment for both the customer’s employees and ours during the construction of the new penthouse. This was the second penthouse we constructed at the Goodman plant, along with several machinery foundations and various other structural modifications in the plant. In addition, numerous ventilation projects were also completed at the cooling plant over the last ten years.
Results: "The project was completed on time, on budget, and the work quality was great. I was impressed with how accommodating they were to work around US instead of the other way around.”