November 20, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. – A M King has surpassed more than 1 million man-hours worked without a lost time accident. This is a significant milestone for any company in the Design-Build and construction industry.
“A M King has an impeccable safety record throughout its decade in business, and approaches every project with a focus on the health and safety of each individual,” A M King Vice President Dan Crist said. “A M King understands that safety is everyone’s responsibility and promotes that in our culture with all internal and external relationships.”
The safety process begins with project inception and initial contact with the project owner. It is promoted to all members of the team including subcontractors. A M King requires potential project contractors and partners to provide a written safety and health program specifically for each site.
“Each project provides a unique set of challenges and A M King identifies potential risks in order to adapt its safety and health program,” said Crist. “It’s so important to address site-specific issues and to have our partners aware of those as well.”
Prior to working on an A M King project site, all personnel attend a safety orientation, which addresses the site-specific safety information as well as all standard safety and health precautions. A M King then issues hard hat safety stickers to identify each individual who has completed the site safety orientation and is eligible to work on the site. All subcontractors hold weekly ‘Toolbox Meetings’ to reinforce rules and address potential safety concerns. Routine third-party OSHA-style audits ensure A M King’s exacting standards are followed.
“These requirements establish our high expectations with regards to safety,” Crist said. “We expect our project managers, subcontractors, foremen and supervisors to reinforce that commitment each day. By reaching a million man-hours worked without a lost time accident, we know that these standards are working.”
One of the highest compliments we can get from a client is repeat business
October 21, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. — ALDI, Inc., a national grocery chain, has called on A M King to expand two regional distribution facilities at its existing locations in Webberville, Michigan, and Saxonburg, Pennsylvania. For years, ALDI has relied on A M King for the planning, design and construction of numerous greenfield facilities, expansions and renovations. ALDI knows the A M King team can deliver high-quality services and results that meet their exacting standards without interrupting ongoing operations at ALDI sites.
“ALDI relies on its regional distribution facilities to supply product to its more than 1,300 stores,” said A M King’s Eric Fix, project manager for the Webberville site. “We understand how important it is to help ALDI expand without impeding their ongoing operations, and this requires a significant level of planning and coordination. We must also provide accurate logistics and schedule management to maintain a proper separation between construction activities and any food products entering and exiting the facilities.”
The project teams for both Webberville and Saxonburg also anticipate certain challenges inherent in large and complicated projects, and have planned construction accordingly. This includes dealing with issues such as unsuitable soils, rigorous permitting and approval processes and harsh weather.
“In both locations, we are adding significant areas of dry warehouse and freezer space, renovating existing spaces and expanding parking areas,” said A M King’s Carl Morse, Saxonburg’s project manager. “Applying a fully integrated Design-Build approach allows us to deliver these projects at the greatest value to our client. For example, both of these expansions are being built on difficult soils. Our engineering and construction teams, working together closely, developed innovative foundation designs which mitigated potential schedule and cost impacts.”
Design for the Saxonburg expansion began in January 2014. Construction began in June 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by May 2015. The expansion includes more than 44,000 square feet of new dry warehouse space and more than 61,000 square feet of new freezer space.
Design for the Webberville expansion commenced in May 2014. Construction there is slated to be complete by June 2015. When complete, the facility will have added 60,000 square feet of cold storage space and 40,000 square feet of dry storage space.
“One of the highest compliments we can get from a client is repeat business,” Morse said. “We are thrilled about the relationship A M King continues to build with ALDI as their company grows, and we look forward to seeing these two major expansions to a highly successful completion.”
October 28, 2014
Norwood, N.C. — The A M King team had their sights clearly set on community service during a clay pigeon shootout benefitting Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. This event marked the fourth year that A M King participated in the Red Shoe Shootout. A M King has supported this event since its inception.
A M King team members worked as scorekeepers, trappers and event staffers at The Fork Farm in Norwood, North Carolina. Additionally, a team of A M King clients and industry partners took part in the shootout itself. Fourteen separate stations at the event catered to shooters of all skill levels. Those who preferred other activities were able to participate in additional contests
“This was a fantastic event,” A M King CAD technician Brandi Tonneson said. “The entire A M King team enjoyed meeting all the shooters, the staff at The Fork Farm and everyone else who helped this event come together. We’re happy to make it an annual tradition.”
“One of the things that makes me most proud of A M King is our commitment to community service,” Donna Morris, A M King’s Director of Corporate Administration, said. “We have enjoyed supporting Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte since it opened and we plan to continue that support for many years to come.”
Proceeds from the Red Shoe Shootout further RMH’s mission of “providing a home away from home for families of seriously ill or injured children.”
For more information about the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte or the Red Shoe Shootout, please visit: http://www.rmhofcharlotte.org.