March 19, 2014 energyair Share this post The new O’Reilly Auto Parts Distribution Center in Lakeland opened for business earlier this year. The large facility includes a 388,000-square-foot distribution center with 7,000 square feet of retail space. Our team wrapped up construction of the HVAC system last December. After landing the job, we were invited to visit another O’Reilly Auto Parts Distribution facility in Greensboro, NC to walk the facility with the O’Reilly construction team and learn the “dos and don’ts” and areas of conflict prior to starting construction. We installed 35 10’ x 10’ louvers with motorized dampers and burglar bars. The dampers and louvers were both in two pieces, and installation proved to be challenging because of their size. The project included nine rooftop units with associated duct work and 2 computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units for the server rooms. A gantry was used to set the 35 large roof exhaust fans. Exposed spiral ductwork with a hydrogen detection system was installed for the battery charging area, and we installed 450 personal prop fans on all the parts racks for the workers in the warehouse. Designing the ductwork around the facility’s unique conveyor system required extensive coordination. We reviewed the CADD conveyor system drawings against our CADD drawings to ensure there were no conflicts prior to starting construction. With a six-month construction schedule, the building was turned over to the owner in December. The facility will be used to supply most of O’Reilly’s stores across Florida. The economic impact of this project is significant, with approximately 400 jobs created total; 140 of which started at the facility in January.