Melton Machine & Control Company, a manufacturer of automated welding systems, will celebrate its 50th anniversary early next year when it moves into a new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Washington, Missouri.
Contegra Construction Co. is handling the construction of this design/build 367,000-square-foot facility. The project will more than double the size of MMCC’s current operations and will include a 74,000-square-foot corporate office, training and conference space.
The new facility replaces MMCC’s existing 154,000-square-foot building and will improve collaboration and support with the firm’s nearby subsidiary, Computech Manufacturing Company.
Located on a 42-acre site in Heidmann Industrial Park, the building features load bearing, insulated tilt-up panels accented with a brick façade and extensive perimeter windows for natural light. The main entry features a two-story curtainwall and an open lobby with a media wall and product display space. It also includes a large open stairway with a second level glass railing overlooking the lobby and leading to client and employee meeting spaces.
The building’s infrastructure and layout supports MMCC’s precision work designing and building automated robotic welding systems. It includes three overhead bridge cranes, paint booth, wash bay, extensive power distribution, compressed air and welding gas loop piping and flex drops for specialized automated arc welding machine product testing and fabrication areas.
The building is supported by energy efficient systems, including an upgraded insulated building envelope, fully climate controlled with an advanced mechanical system and LED lighting throughout.
The new building’s office component is comprised of a two-story boardroom, conference and training rooms – all featuring state-of-the-art audio-visual systems. It also features a catering prep and outfitted break area for facilitating various company functions.
Contegra made improvements to the site, including 290,000 cubic yards of rock blasting, to prepare space for an additional 225,000 square foot expansion in the future.
Joining Contegra on the project design team are Gray Design Group, 21 Design Group, Case Structural Engineering, RJP Electric, Wiegmann Associates, Heggemann Plumbing, Bi-State Fire Protection, and Washington Engineering & Architecture for design peer review.