Revolution hired Nabholz to expand their 100,000-square-foot Revolution Bag manufacturing facility by 36,000 square feet. The main purpose of the expansion was to add two new blown film lines capable of producing 40 million-plus pounds of film products per year. The addition also included a break room and restrooms that doubled as a storm shelter, new electrical and mechanical rooms, two towers tall enough for the blown film lines, as well as extensive exterior improvements.
The project started out with unique challenges not seen yet in the industry. The beginning of the pandemic caused the project to shut down for three months during the design phase. However, by September 2020, Nabholz put safety measures in place that would allow work to continue, and the project team, architect, and owner could meet about design again.
The pandemic also caused material prices to rise rapidly. The tower to house the new blow film lines was now the most expensive part of the project, and with steel prices going up daily, it was difficult to get an accurate estimate to send for the owner’s approval so work could proceed. The Nabholz preconstruction team worked with suppliers to forecast pricing far enough in advance to give the owner time to review and approve the estimate.
Nabholz also coordinated with a key supplier in Italy who provided the blown film manufacturing equipment. The team tackled a language barrier and measurement conversion to collaborate with the Italian supplier. Once the manufacturing equipment arrived, Nabholz’ industrial team moved it into the building using four Versa lift machines and installed it in the expansion using a hydraulic crane.
Despite challenges with the pandemic, rising material prices, and delays, Nabholz completed the project on time and under budget. The expansion and investment have allowed Revolution Bag to add at least 60 new jobs to Arkansas’ economy and aided in the Little Rock Port revitalization.
The Associated Builders and Contractors of Arkansas awarded the project the 2023 Excellence in Construction Award.
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