Not All Dirt Is Created Equal

We have been searching for new industrial park locations recently since all of our current locations are getting mostly built-out. It is common to hear these days the phrase, “all the good sites are taken.” It is said a bit tongue in cheek, but there is more truth to the old saw than we really would like to admit.

Geotechnical engineers and dynamite experts may have to be enlisted to make some of the remaining sites usable. The sites can be too steep, or too flat! Too soft or too hard. But fortunately, because the good sites are already taken, there are many experts around to help make these sites good developable land.

Soft soils that are too wet can be dried or cement stabilized and turned from goo to “soilcrete” that actually makes the site easier to work and holds up better during construction that “good” soil does. We have learned a few things along the way. It is now standard practice for us to cement stabilize every site, even when the soil is of good quality to start. It allows construction to continue longer and resume more quickly when the rains eventually move in. The preventative measure saves costly repairs that are time consuming and can throw the whole project schedule off track. These pro-active measures increase the certainty of the outcome in our construction projects.

Then, there are the sandy sites. They are easy to shape and are easily compacted so long as they are not too dry! Each location has local experts and local contractors that are well acquainted with the strategies and techniques that work for those local conditions. Where there is a will, there is a way!

We are undaunted and tackling new challenges to keep the supply of Upfit Ready Industrial Buildings available throughout the Southeast. We are still seeing strong demand across the region while the amount of new product in the pipeline is shrinking. We have over 5,000,000 SF of industrial warehouse space in either the planning or construction phase. We will deliver over 850,000 SF of new product this calendar year. Space is still available. Give us a call before it is gone!

“Joe Hollingsworth participated as one of our first equity investors. In addition, Joe Hollingsworth has served as a board member and leading advisor for strategic planning and direction.” — Scott Kelley, President and CEO, Service Center Metals