Automobile dealership brings parts storage back on-site
October 02, 2012 - MMH Editorial
When Mercedes-Benz of Littleton, Co., sought to put an addition onto its parts department, it contacted the same supplier that had designed a mezzanine for the facility back in 2001.
The idea was to expand the mezzanine into a second room. Mercedes had been using off-site storage and hoped to condense all storage into one location by expanding the mezzanine to 1,200 square feet, almost double the original size.
The addition required very precise engineering to ensure a smooth transition between rooms. Both levels had to match when the hole was cut in the wall and the transition was made over the wall section.
The company also stored automobile parts on existing shelving on the mezzanine. Engineers rated the mezzanine for 125 pounds per square foot to ensure that it could handle the weight of the parts.
While the expansion was taking place, Mercedes-Benz continued its day-to-day operations. Everything was carefully coordinated as to not disrupt Mercedes’ operation or the other contractors.
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