Smooth sailing for Exel distribution center

Teamwork, timing key in project’s success

Exel Inc. recently opened its new distribution center for the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission along Route 3A in Bow, less than nine months after construction started on the 243,500-square-foot building.

Pro Con Inc. of Manchester was the architect and construction manager for the design/build project, and TFMoran Inc. of Bedford was the engineer responsible for site design and approvals.

“Critical to the schedule was the pace of approvals,” said Nick Golon, TFMoran’s project manager. “We sat down with the decision-makers at the Town and state levels on day one, established achievable goals, and kept the lines of communication open at all times to make sure everything stayed on track”.

Both Pro con and TFMoran’s project managers said that another factor for the smooth construction process was single-source responsibility.

Pro Con designed the modern, highly-automated distribution center to have 21 truck dock positions, with room for an additional 12 docks in the future. The building’s exterior finish is insulated metal panels with 16-foot painted block walls at the loading dock area, and a TPO roof system.

The interior has a 40-foot clear height to the underside of the joists, with storage racks up to 37 feet and 10-foot-wide aisles to allow for freight handling.