Start the Presses!

by Ramon Gilsanz, (M.ASCE), Partner; Gilsanz Murray Steficek, New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 4, Pg. 65-67

Document Type: Feature article


Turning an existing bleach manufacturing facility into a printing plant required careful structural design to support a wide range of production processes. The new Daily News facility in Jersey City, N.J., is a 430,000 sq ft interconnected series of buildings on 21.7 acres. When completed later this year, the $40 million plant for the New York City area publication will produce 900,000 color newspapers in 4 hr. Built on a slab supported by piles, the complex is designed to accommodate heavy manufacturing tasks, and includes a vehicle maintenance building with a truck wash bay and 15 truck docks, 396 parking spaces, a guardhouse, a gas station, a weighing station and general grounds. Previously, a Clorox bleach manufacturing facility occupied the site. Leaking chlorine caused concrete corrosion and metal deck corrosion. Settlement caused by weakened foundations produced ponding and water leaks.

Subject Headings: Manufacturing | Building design | Water leakage and water loss | Trucks | Foundation settlement | Corrosion | Vehicles

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