LOVELAND, COLO. — December 19, 2012 — Loveland-based real estate development firm McWHINNEY completed the development and construction of a 165,000-square-foot oil and gas pipe manufacturing facility for National Oilwell Varco, Inc. in their Iron Horse Business Park located in Johnstown, Colo., on Oct. 22.
Fiberspar Corporation, recently purchased by National Oilwell Varco, began looking for a site for their new facility in January.
McWHINNEY was able to commit to deliver in the timeframe Fiberspar required, and a lease was executed in March. The entire project, from entitlement and permitting to construction and delivery, took fewer than seven months to complete. In addition to this expedited timeline and client centric process, McWHINNEY and Johnstown attracted Fiberspar with the site’s access to major rail and automobile transportation corridors, as well as the site’s proximity to the large oil and gas projects in Northern Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas. McWHINNEY worked with OmniTrax to build a rail spur that connects the facility to a Union Pacific/Burlington Northern Santa Fe interchange.
“The McWHINNEY group was very professional and delivered as they promised even when faced with unexpected obstacles” said Joe Jorge, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations for Fiberspar.
”This project was a great example of the power of collaboration and alignment. The Town of Johnstown was a partner in the success of this project from the start and they hit every date that they committed to. We were able to phase the project to allow for construction to commence in early May and complete the facility, ready for occupancy, just five months later. A trust based relationship between McWHINNEY and Fiberspar was solidified from day one,” said Dean Barber, McWHINNEY Vice President of Development.
“Johnstown has really focused on streamlining its development process, which along with our proximity to major transportation routes allows us to attract companies like Fiberspar,” Johnstown Mayor Mark Romanowski said. “Development projects like this spur more growth, bringing highly educated people to the area for career opportunities and supporting other development and services, which are key to building a strong, sustainable community.”
Through the design and construction there were over 200 workers involved in the project. Fiberspar expects to employ up to 100 people when the plant is fully operational. Key project partners include general contractor Murray and Stafford, project architect Ware Malcomb, construction lender Guaranty Bank and Trust, and the team of Mike Camp and Murray Platt with CBRE as the tenant representatives.
For more information on the Fiberspar project, contact McWHINNEY at (970) 962-9990.