Industrial Building Design Approach

Livermore Architecture & Engineering has completed countless successful industrial projects over the years – we consider these to be our specialty. Industrial buildings have special requirements and considerations that make them unique relative to other commercial buildings. We believe in a methodical, iterative design process to arrive at the best possible design for an industrial facility.

Defining the Needs: A successful design starts with a clear understanding of the owner’s requirements. We have developed questionnaires and an interview process specific to industrial projects to help the entire team develop a clear picture of the project needs.

Designing for Safety: Building codes are important for all projects, but are critically important for industrial buildings that may contain hazardous materials or processes. Early in the project, we develop a code analysis to highlight potential compliance concerns so they do not become surprises later on.

Understanding Special Considerations: Industrial buildings have special needs such as adequate space for truck movement and loading; equipment placement and anchorage; employee facilities and movement; durable finishes; racks for support of piping and ductwork. We draw on our extensive experience when incorporating these items into the design.

Keeping Costs Under Control: We work with the owner to develop a realistic budget and design to that budget. We understand that capital costs are a critical part of a new industrial facility.

Working with Contractors: We have worked on projects with many different delivery methods including Design-Build and Design-Bid-Build. We view the contractor as an integral part of the team and welcome their feedback during the design of the project.

Working as an Integrated Design Team: Our architects and structural engineers work closely together (we’re in the same room!) to ensure that the two disciplines are closely coordinated. In addition, we have a network of trusted consulting engineers for other systems such as mechanical, electrical, and civil.

Industrial Experience – Selected Projects

Daikin N1: Four building expansion to chemical manufacturing facility
Sanyo Solar: 130,000 SF ground-up solar film manufacturing facility
IMEX: 23,000 SF ground-up toner manufacturing facility
Leupold & Stevens: multiple alterations and structural engineering for optics manufacturer
CFA: 180,000 SF major expansion to advanced materials manufacturing facility