Wickham Glass Company

Bel Aire, Kansas

ROLE
Prime Contractor

SQUARE FEET
52,000 SF Manufacturing
8,000 SF Office

ARCHITECT
WDM Architecture
PROJECT OVERVIEW

After six expansions at their location on Second Street, Wickham Industries turned to Dondlinger Construction to design/build their new 60,000 SF manufacturing and office facility at 45th Street North & Webb Road in Bel Aire, Kansas.  Dondlinger teamed with WDM Architecture for the architectural services.

The company’s Wickham Glass division is one of the city’s largest suppliers of glass for commercial buildings.  The company’s ITI Glass division manufacturers tempered and insulated glass and sells it regionally. The new building was needed primarily to aid the expansion of the ITI Glass operations.  The added space allowed Wickham to buy a new furnace to make new glass products for much larger building projects.

Wickham wanted the building to stand the test of time, and to that end was designed with a conventional structural steel frame with the exterior walls being cast-in-place tilt up concrete panels.  The concrete wall panels are 31’ high by 14’ wide and 7” thick.  The roof is a TPO roof system.  The Aluminum fabrication plant has one overhead door and the Glass manufacturing plant has 5 overhead doors at their respective shipping and receiving docks.  There is a safe roof constructed out of concrete masonry units with a precast roof lid. The approximately 8,000 SF office building faces Webb Road.