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By Steve Kettelberger, Blue Rock Construction Inc. Industrial Development: Power of Teamwork I ndustrial C onstruction


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With a continued emphasis on teamwork throughout the development process, and the support of knowledgeable de- velopment and construction professionals with the same philosophy, Blue Rock can con- tinually deliver projects that exceed our clients’ expectations. A few Blue Rock examples that feature success through teamwork include: • Veroni USA Inc, Logan Township, NJ Building Veroni’s first project in the United States, a 46,800 s/f slicing and refrigerated distribution facility, created unique challenges. Veroni is

a cured-meat specialist from Italy with a rich family history dating back to 1925. Blue Rock teamed with de- veloper Dermody Properties to deliver this facility. The inter- action with Italian engineers and vendors created cultural and language barriers, as well as the need to address U.S. code compliance and safety issues. The building stands as Ve- roni’s U.S. headquarters that supports its business plan of providing the freshest Italian cured meats throughout North America. • Crown Cork & Seal,

was quickly delivered. Covering 12 acres under roof, the facility has the capability to produce 7,000 cans per minute. • Urban Outfitters In- ternet Fulfillment Center, Gap, PA Urban Outfitters utilized in-house expertise to assemble a team of dedicated profession- als to develop and construct a one-million-square foot IFC building, its largest in the country. Blue Rock worked closely with Urban’s Chief Develop- ment Officer Dave Ziel, NewS- tudio Architecture, Bala Engi- neers, Advanced Geo Services, various specialty consultants, and over 40 team-oriented subcontractors. The state-of-the-art facility features a complex automa- tion system and advanced infrastructure, including one of the country’s largest rooftop solar arrays. The facility also features nearly eight miles of hi-tech conveying systems. • Matrix/Amazon, Staten Island, NY Work is underway for Blue Rock to construct a 2.4 million s/f logistics facility for Matrix Development Group in Staten Island that will serve as Ama- zon’s first distribution center in the state of New York. The interaction with devel- oper and tenant is extremely intense to meet the demands of an aggressive schedule. A de- tailed tour of Building MDW7 in Monee, IL, combined with an all-day coordination meeting with key personnel from Ma- trix, Amazon, and Blue Rock, was extremely beneficial. Blue Rock discussed the logistics and schedule while Matrix offered valuable expertise on the nu- ances of permitting and code requirements in Staten Island. It was a prime example of teamwork at its best. For Blue Rock, the success of our projects are examples of how the power of teamwork creates cross-sector collabora- tions with partners who share the same goals. This collabo- ration in different areas of expertise allows the blending of talent to ensure a successful project. Simply stated, teamwork makes it happen. Steve Kettelberger is president of Blue Rock Construction, recognized as a leader in the construc- tion of large, technically sophisticated commercial and industrial buildings. 

Nichols, NY Crown Holdings Inc. utilized extensive in-house engineer- ing experience to develop and construct their first manufac- turing facility in the United States in more than 20 years. Blue Rock partnered with architect Margulies Hoelzli and worked closely with the Crown engineering staff to meticulously coordinate and implement detailed require- ments for the 525,000 s/f, state- of-the-art facility. Blue Rock was fortunate to team with a construction-experi- enced owner. When any input was needed by the owner, it

teamwork ap- proach. I n d e e d , good teams a r e a t t he heart of ev- ery successful project. A t B l u e Ro c k , t h e

Steve Kettelberger

collective impact of support- ive partners with a strong teamwork approach allows us to meet the demands of ever- changing technology and speed- to-market challenges.


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