COOKEVILLE – Johnstone Supply, Inc., an industry-leading cooperative distributor of HVACR parts and products, has outgrown its current location in Cookeville and has selected J&S Construction® as the design-build contractor for a new 20,000 square-foot facility.
The new site is in close proximity to the current store, located at 1361 S. Jefferson Ave., and will also have visibility from the heavily traveled highway.
J&S Construction recently broke ground on the five-month project that will include approximately 18,000 square feet of warehouse space and a 2,000 square-foot showroom. A second-level mezzanine will be used as a training room and is designed for secure access after normal working hours. This facility will give Johnstone Supply the ability to house more product on site, helping to improve customer lead times on purchases.
The building’s construction type is a pre-engineered metal building with an upgraded exterior that will utilize an insulated metal panel system (IMPs), yielding a greater R-value than typical metal building wall panels that have batt insulation. The use of IMPs carries significant importance because the applied stucco exterior finish satisfies the city’s architectural requirements while also providing a finished interior surface that is much more durable than alternatives.
During the design phase, J&S Construction worked with the owner to ensure the building was designed to have proper flow and contribute the best efficiency to minimize material handling. The finished design allows the facility to have two dock doors that will be used for receiving on the east side of the building while also having two ground-level overhead doors where customers will be able to pick up materials on the south end.
J&S Construction has completed many projects with the owners of this new facility.
“Their design and approval team makes our lives easier,” said Richard Cramer, Johnstone Supply CEO – Knoxville Group. “In addition, they stand behind their work after it has been completed and furnish you with a kit of owner’s manuals, drawings, etc. that will be very useful in the future.”