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A new distribution center

image TJ Maxx Distribution Center San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - Founded in 1997, Catamount Constructors, Inc., has been in business for 22 years and opened their San Antonio Office eight years ago. After 20 years, Catamount transitioned in 2017 to a 100 percent Employee Owned Company (ESOP). With vast experience in commercial, industrial, multi-family, retail, senior living, medical and government work, Catamount is no stranger to multi-million dollar projects.


    In early 2017, Catamount began construction of the new TJ Maxx Distribution Center San Antonio located on San Antonio’s south side. The 1.2MMsf warehouse, plus 540,000sf mezzanine facility, took 15 months to complete at an approximate cost of $70,000,000.
    The distribution center is one of the largest and most modern in the country. It was built on a 200-acre tract of undeveloped rangeland near Mitchell and Cassin Lakes, wetlands known to attract many species of migratory birds and other wildlife.
    Project Manager John Poitevint, Superintendent Randy Metz and MacGregor Associates Architects oversaw the construction of the new ground-up distribution center. Of the 1.2MMsf space, 540,000sf is mezzanine space and 33,000sf is office space. The slab-on-grade facility with its concrete tilt panels was constructed primarily of concrete and steel materials. The structure’s heights varied from 20ft 10in office ridges to 40ft low bay ridges and 60ft high bay ridges.
    The facility’s parking lot is equipped with 866 auto spaces and 846 trailer spaces with room allocated for an additional 266 auto spaces and 413 trailer spaces.
    The Catamount team was faced with 20ft of fill at the north end of the building. The owner allowed for an onsite borrow pit of 120,000cy fill material. In addition, the placement of 68 rooftop units (RTU) on the warehouse roof created an additional challenge for the Catamount team, but the challenge was quickly overcome. The construction team used a helicopter to lift and set the RTUs. All 68 RTUs were set in place in one day without incident.
    Additionally, the customer asked Catamount to turn over the low bay area, 800,000sf, over five months early for training and to begin distribution. The construction team developed and executed a plan to allow for early occupancy in August 2018.
    Catamount Constructors, Inc., is a full-service general contractor. -cmw

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