Bob Moore Construction Completes Second Distribution Center for Sherwin-Williams in Waco, Texas
Built by Bob Moore Construction, this distribution center supported Sherwin-Williams' growth for the next quarter-century. By 2016, however, Sherwin-Williams needed a new facility in Waco.
"We outgrew the old building due to the growth of the area it covers," said Warren Bailey, Regional Director of Engineering for Sherwin-Williams. "The facility now supports the southwest part of the United States, including Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico. At first we considered expanding the old building, but in that location we could only add depth, not width, which is what we needed."
Sherwin-Williams returned to Bob Moore Construction to deliver their second-generation distribution center in Waco, which was completed in 2017. "Bob Moore Construction built the distribution center for us 27 years ago and we put them on the list of bidders for the new building," Mr. Bailey explained. "Even before that, we worked with Bob Moore to get a number for the budget. We ended up going with Bob Moore Construction based on price, experience and trust."
The new facility provides 609,000 SF of storage, with space to expand the building by one-third to support future growth.
The majority of the distribution space is filled with extensive floor-to-ceiling racking and the latest designs in conveyor automation. Separate rooms provide forklift maintenance and recharging facilities and storage space for more flammable substances, drums, aerosol products and temperature controlled materials.
The new distribution center features extensive safety and control systems. Fire controls in the facility include a fire barrier wall, ESFR and in-rack sprinkler systems. A foam tank system was built into the aerosol and drum storage areas for additional safety. To address potential environmental concerns, primary and secondary containment systems were integrated into the design of the floors and building shell.
Mr. Bailey is extremely pleased with Sherwin-Williams' new home in Waco. "It turned out super," he said. "Our customers and employees are very impressed with what an improvement it is over the old building. It totally meets our needs."
"It meant a great deal to us, being selected to build the second-generation distribution center for an internationally recognized company like Sherwin-Williams," said Kyle Ware, Senior Project Manager for Bob Moore Construction. "It speaks to the long-term quality of we provide when a company returns to us so many years after our first collaboration to create a new building for them.
"That trust we earn on every project is why more than half our business each year comes from existing clients," added Mr. Ware. "The relationship we established in 1990 with Sherwin-Williams is why we had the opportunity to build the new building today. In the future when Sherwin-Williams wants to expand the new distribution center, we hope their satisfaction with this latest project will lead them to call on us again."