Phoenix Contact needed a new maintenance building on their US corporate campus just outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The US headquarters campus has experienced exponential growth in their manufacturing and warehousing facilities in order to meet the growing market share in North America. As a result of this growth, the current staff and dedicated maintenance facilities were scheduled to be repurposed into additional manufacturing space, it became evident that a freestanding maintenance facility would best serve the campus now and in the future.
The underlying design philosophy utilized flexibility, modularity, sustainability and safety. The design incorporates future expansion and the ability to respond to additional services staff may need in order to maintain the campus. The 3,300 sf structure also provides an increased level of security for the campus by allowing deliveries to a freestanding facility.
The exterior envelope assembly incorporates thermal value to reduce energy usage and the exterior façade utilizes modular corrugated metal siding that provides a clean aesthetic and reinforces the industrial philosophy of Phoenix Contact. A series of clerestory windows provide natural light into the interior, while accommodating storage shelving and other wall-mounted equipment to be installed below the Windows. Light harvesting is achieved by 6 skylights, which provide ample natural light deep into the interior work areas that reduces the amount of required ambient lighting.
A 4 ton floor mounted vehicular lift, on an 6 inch high-strength concrete slab and overhead reels provide quick and safe access to compressed air and electricity, which further maximizes the 2 additional maintenance bays. A freestanding mezzanine provides additional vertical storage, while providing maximum flexibility when the facility undergoes further expansion.