Project Manager: Chris Gonzalez
Project Owner: Penn Dutch Farms LP
Architect: Pioneer Management, LLC
Location: 824 E Main St Ephrata, PA
Job Type: Site Work
Square Footage: 66,000
Project Cost: $1,343,000
Time Line: February, 2021 - August, 2021
Weaver Precast had an existing storage lot located on a hillside at their 824 E Main St Ephrata manufacturing facility. Due to the slope, the existing lot contained several different levels and was not easy to use or convenient for truck traffic. Ames Construction was chosen to oversee the construction of a new single-level storage lot, maximizing the usable space, and creating a more convenient and safe place where precast products could be stored and shipped from. Incidentally, this lot is located directly behind the Ames Construction Inc. headquarters.
The project began with the demolition of the existing small lots as well an old building remnant and its foundation. There were also many trees to clear and a significant amount of unsuitable soil had to be removed. There was a large amount of old concrete waste located on the site that we were able to reclaim and use as fill, lowering the amount of new fill that had to be brought in. New construction included installation of an underground detention system, a poured concrete retaining wall (with new railing) around the entire perimeter and new electrical for lighting and truck outlets. In order to maximize the usable space, we had to design the elevation of the lot to be as high as possible which required the retaining wall to be 20′ tall in some places.
“I’m glad that we chose Ames Construction as the general contractor for the construction of our new storage/parking lot. We encountered a number of challenges along the way as we were putting a large lot on a rather steep hillside, including some significant weather events, but together we worked through them. Chris Gonzalez, Ames’ Project Manager, and the team at Ames were hard-working and conscientious, as were the trade partners that helped us accomplish the task. We’re more than satisfied with our new lot as it’s already helping us work more efficiently and safely. I highly recommend Ames as a commercial general contractor you can trust.” Gary L. Weaver – Past President/CEO, The Weaver Business Family
I was pleased to work with Ames Construction for the design/build renovation project at Ephrata Church of the Brethren. I have worked with Ames for many years and we’ve had a great relationship. This project was no exception. Together we were able to come up with an outstanding design and plan to accomplish ECOB’s goals. I will also say that the team at ECOB was great to work with as well. This project was an exceptional collaboration between architect, owner, and general contractor. I would recommend Ames to anyone looking for a professional, conscientious commercial general contractor.
Mark J. Schillaci - Architect & Owner, Schillaci Architects Ltd.