Since 2018, R.E. Warner has been in the process of upgrading a conveyor system for loading large cargo boats in the Flats of Cleveland.
We were involved in the project early to help ensure structural adequacy of the existing system during the design of the new system. For the new system we have provided preliminary process layout, cost estimating, project management and design work including structural, architectural, piping, HVAC, and electrical for a new retractable conveyor, foundations, and support.
Design considerations included:
- Construction had to be ongoing while the facility was fully functioning, adding traffic maintenance challenges. The foundations had to be designed in a way that would limit demolition of the existing dock and pavement in order to maintain traffic.
- Design had to balance the needs of the Client and OEM. Maintenance access was a priority for the client, while very strict deflection tolerances (vertical and lateral) and support locations were a requirement by the conveyor manufacturer.
- Tie the new structure into an existing building yet transfer minimal force.