A time-honored Topping Off ceremony was held to mark the latest milestone in the construction of the F.W. Webb Company Central Distribution facility in Londonderry, NH. Green Leaf Construction raised the final steel beam on the exterior facade of what will be a nearly 1M-sq.-ft. building later this year.
The construction milestone comes five months after the official ground breaking last August. Prior to the last exterior beam – painted white for the occasion – being hoisted into place, it was signed by F.W. Webb Owner John Pope, F.W. Webb President Jeff Pope, Green Leaf representatives, and others in attendance who worked so effectively to bring the project quickly to this point.
The hardworking construction team, including many New Hampshire subcontractors, was acknowledged by President Pope and Green Leaf Construction COO Thomas Dube, who impressively provided significant project stats in football parlance.
Dube said the design drawings would cover 10 percent of a football field, "10 yards, first down." He said nearly a mile of concrete footing and more than 500 interior footings were in place: "Enough surface area to cover 80 percent of a football field." More than 220,000-sq.-ft. of precast panels, efficiently installed over a 35-day period, would "cover nearly five football fields." Fifteen hundred (1,500) tons of joist, girders and columns "stretched end-to-end would span 80 football fields."
And on and on it went to illustrate the tremendous scope of the work and volume of materials involved in this massive construction undertaking. Dube even noted how much of the equipment and supplies are actually coming directly from F.W. Webb, including HVAC, ductwork, building controls, PVF (pipe, valves and fittings), fire protection systems, and plumbing fixtures, faucets and hardware.
The team is now turning the bulk of its time and energy to the interior work, mercifully away from the harsh winter wind. Construction is slated to be completed in fall 2017.
Hailed as one of the largest facilities of its kind in the state of New Hampshire, the new Central Distribution (CD) facility of the F.W. Webb Company will be nearly one-million-square-foot and employ approximately 140 in Londonderry, NH.
The new facility will replace and be more than double the size of the company's current CD in Amherst, NH. It is being built to accommodate the company's rapid growth and future expansion plans throughout the Northeast. It will provide F.W. Webb customers, serviced by more than 80 locations in nine states, full inventory of the products they need to build, maintain, remodel, repair and run homes, buildings, facilities, plants and processes.
The Londonderry CD is expected to be completed and opened in the last quarter of 2017.
Founded in 1866 as the second plumbing supply house in Boston, the F.W. Webb Company has a long heritage of proudly serving residential, commercial, industrial and institutional customers with their construction, renovation, maintenance, repair, and operational needs. F.W. Webb has grown from its original single location to almost 90 across nine states.
The largest distributor of its kind in the Northeast, F.W. Webb has extensive inventory and expertise in 15 distinct areas. Plumbing, Heating, HVAC/R, and PVF are the company’s core businesses. Specialty markets include LPG equipment, Fire Protection systems, Pumps and certified pump repair, High Purity Process components, Process Controls, and Water Works. F.W. Webb also operates 40 Frank Webb's Bath Center showrooms. Headquartered in Bedford, Mass., the F.W. Webb Co. employs more than 2,000 people.
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