Mid-West Steel Building Company named CAID's new 54,800 square foot structure as its Building of the Year. It contains two Schweiss hydraulic crane doors. CAID Industries is a leading company in the metal fabrication industry in the Southwest and has an international client base.
CAID Industries called on Fast Fab Erectors, Inc. of Tucson, Arizona to do the design and building work for their new Tucson, Arizona facility, featuring metal products from Mid-West Steel Building Company.
CAID's 54,800 square foot structure is modular rigid frame, 160' x 240' with a 40' eave height. Since it is in an air corridor at Tucson International Airport, the peak height was restricted. Designers used a ½:12 roof slope to obtain the maximum eave height possible, given the height restraints. Ultra Dek was used for the roofing; end wall and sidewall panels are Shadowrib.
Fab Erectors, also of Tucson, was the builder, erector and roofing contractor on the project, and Division II was the general contractor.
Part of the construction called for two large Schweiss hydraulic crane doors. A 30-ton crane has a lot of lifting power, but in many cases, it needs a door system to effectively do its job. The center interior modular rigid frame supports two 30-ton, 60' bridge cranes; an outside south bay has two 20-ton, 43' bridge cranes. They are located in partition walls with bayonet doors and when the hydraulic single leaf doors are open, there is unrestricted crane movement through the partition walls.
The Schweiss crane door setup looks clean and practical. The entry to the warehouse room has a larger sliding door at the bottom and one Schweiss hydraulic crane door, that is 61 ft. 6" across x 8 ft. 10 3/4 inches deep, sits above it. The other crane door from Schweiss is 44 ft. 10 3/4 inches wide x 6 ft. 11 1/2 inches deep. When the hydraulic single-leaf doors are open, there is unrestricted crane movement through the partition walls. The doors were engineered for 115 mph windrating and 360 volt, 3-phase electrical with remote openers. All roll-up doors in the building up to 30' wide are 22' tall.
The reason for this setup is quite practical - you don't have to open the larger sliding door in order to get the crane where you want it from one location to another. It can save on air conditioning and heating costs and is just plain faster and more efficient. If the crane has a large load on it to move from one location to another, then the sliding door at the bottom can be opened.
Crane door configurations can vary - it's a matter of choice. Some use a bifold door instead of a hydraulic door. Some industrial companies use vertically split doors at the bottom that swing outward and some prefer a sliding door below the hydraulic or bifold crane door.
"Fast Fab has built every building, addition, or modification to the CAID Industries campus for 25 years. The owner contacts me, waves his arms around about what he wants, and the process begins," noted Michael Kreppel of Fast Fab Erectors, Inc.
The facility also features 72 skylights, LED light fixtures, brightness activated T-5 fluorescent fixtures, and 5 ft. wall lights that extend down from the eaves on both sides. The facility includes 20 acres of fenced-in yard and office and production facilities. CAID manufactured its own custom gates for the project. They are one-piece metal with the CAID logo cut into the gate design. Construction began in January 2014 and was completed in May 2014. CAID Industries is based in Tucson and has two additional locations in Chile. Established in 1947, CAID has forged a leadership role in the metal fabrication industry in the Southwest and has an international client base.
The new CAID facility was named the 2014 Mid-West Structure of the Year by Mid-West Steel Building Company.
The two photos above show the larger 61.6' door in the open and closed positions. CAID Industries ordered two Schweiss hydraulic crane doors. The hydraulic door has a clear opening height of 8.4'.
Fast Fab Erectors, established in 1981 employs a staff of up to 49 employees, they are a proven local engineering contractor in Pima County, Tucson, AZ. Fast Fab specializes in engineering and upgrading commercial and industrial buildings, selling and erecting prefabricated steel buildings.
Fast Fab firm's niche: House addition engineering, upgrading of industrial multiple rooms, building of industrial basements and repairing of residential closets. We execute neighborhood house and room additions and house addition engineering support six days a week and are committed to offering prompt, superb quality support to their clientele. The long time interactions built with their satisfied customers demonstrate the track record they've got in the local Tucson community.
Fast Fab Erectors, Inc. has a BuildZoom score of 95 and is rated in the top 20 percent of 71,576 contractors in Arizona.
Contact Fast Fab Erectors, Inc at: 744 E 44th Street, Tucson, AZ 85713 - Phone: (520) 670-0044.
Schweiss 44'10" x 6' 11" hydraulic one-piece crane door, shown opened and closed in the two above photos is positioned above a sliding door. The crane doors were set up for 480v 3-phase electrical and can be opened and closed with handheld remote openers.
Located in Tucson, Arizona, CAID's facilities include 20 acres of fenced-in yard and over 150,000 square feet of office and production facilities. Since 1947, CAID has forged a leadership role in the metal fabrication industry in the Southwest.
CAID is heavily involved in major industrial projects around the world. The extraordinary variety of the work they perform attests to the can-do attitude that permeates their organization. CAID's range of capabilities includes design/build responsibility, field erection services, custom fabrication to customer standards, large scale manufacturing, and extensive mining technology and services. Materials we work with range from stainless steel, titanium, and duplex steels, to structural fiberglass, copper, plastics, and mesh.
Their client base is truly international with products shipping to South America, Australia, Canada, Mexico and other international destinations. Five contracting licenses include: general engineering contracting, structural steel erection, tank fabrication, ventilation and sheet metal work enable them to keep large, complex projects in-house. They also hold three ASME Code stamps for shop and field welding of tanks, piping and boilers.
CAID's team includes: in-house engineers, technicians, design detailers, programmers, project managers, certified welders, metal fabricators, painters, machinists, support personnel, and many others.
Since 1970, Mid-West Steel Building Company has been manufacturing custom-engineered metal buildings for a wide variety of uses. Their buildings are shipped to your building site, complete with all needed parts, and ready to bolt together. No on-site welding is required, saving the customer money and construction time.
Mid-West's pre-engineered buildings are easy to erect, which saves you time and money. Their dedication to innovation and continuous product improvement is unmatched within our industry.
They specialize in the custom design and engineering of a variety of structures, including retail/office, warehousing and manufacturing, agricultural buildings, crane buildings, schools, sports facilities and more.
Mid-West offers an experienced team of metal building professionals, paired with competitive pricing, high quality and integrity. Their expert staff will work directly with the customer to create a custom-engineered metal building system that meets your needs and budget. With more than 30 plant locations sited strategically across the United States and Mexico, they offer a manufacturing location close to you.
Whether your building is for commercial, industrial, institutional or agricultural use, Mid-West is ready to deliver.
The center interior modular rigid frame in the CAID Mid-West Steel Building supports two 30-ton, 60' bridge cranes; an outside south bay has two 20-ton, 43' bridge cranes.