We work on buildings that grace the skylines of cities across the country, providing turnkey facility management and maintenance services. Our engineering, construction, management and maintenance specialists will keep the HVAC humming, the plumbing flowing and the electricity working—letting our commercial clients focus on their business.
Lee Company offers comprehensive commercial services. We’ve developed management systems that help our integrated teams work as effectively and efficiently as possible. We recognize that every client is unique and that we must build and implement a plan that meets its needs. We’ve done just that for a wide variety of commercial projects, including:
- Office buildings
- Religious facilities
- Security clearances
- Residential high-rise condominiums
- Data centers
- Historical building renovations
- Tenant improvements
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Owner: Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Contractor: American Constructors
Contract Amount: $10,162,360
In May of 2010, a devastating flood hit the Nashville area. The lower and sublower levels of the symphony hall, which housed the major mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, were completely submerged. Lee Company was asked to join the American Constructors team charged with the monumental task of restoring this world-class hall to its original operating condition.
Lee Company removed all mechanical elements such as duct, HVAC piping, plumbing piping, insulation and HVAC equipment. This phase of work had to be completed in less than 90 days. Large custom HVAC systems had to be removed and installed through an 8-foot-by-8-foot opening or smaller. Proper temperature and humidity levels had to be maintained to protect delicate finishes within the building. And negative air pressure had to be maintained during the decontamination and drying of the building.
We replaced 10 air-handling units with a combined weight of 270,000 pounds (all capable of passing through a 3-foot door), 9,000 feet of HVAC piping, 2,800 feet of plumbing piping and 440,000 pounds of ductwork.
Once the demolition was complete, Lee Company provided a flood-protection plan utilizing 12 evacuation pumps and a wet-vacuum system to protect the mechanical and electrical rooms. These pumps are designed to remove more than 26,000 gallons of water per minute. Full CAD drawings were shared with all trades for the fabrication of duct, piping and structural steel platforms.
Lee Company worked 24/7 to complete the job on schedule.
Contractor: Pepper Construction
Contract Amount: $322,600
Lee Company was brought in to help create a freestanding Apple store at CoolSprings Galleria, just outside of Nashville. It was a job within a job, because Lee Company was also awarded the white-box build-out in preparation for the construction of the actual store. That work involved removing everything connected with the mall, including abandoned plumbing, ductwork and HVAC.
A two-hour chase had to be constructed well outside its original location to access the roof for the outside air, refrigerant piping, and electrical and smoke-evacuation ductwork. We rerouted the mall’s medium-pressure ductwork into the service corridor around the new Apple space, resulting in 275 extra feet of ductwork, a booster fan and associated controls. We also raised the 2.5-inch main domestic water line, remaining exhaust duct and portions of the sanitary system to maintain a 14-foot clearance per specifications.
The Apple space is cooled by three Trane split systems, totaling 55 tons of cooling. A stand-alone smoke-evacuation fan was required, and HVAC equipment had to interlock with mall equipment in the event of a fire. Extensive control wiring was needed to connect to the mall’s alarm system, outside air, and smoke-evacuation and unit-to-unit communication.
During all this work, close cooperation with the adjacent tenants’ contractors was required to allow both projects to proceed and be completed on schedule.
Ajax Turner Distribution Warehouse
La Vergne, Tennessee
Owner: Ajax Turner Co. Inc.
Contractor: Knestrick Contractor Inc.
Contract Amount: $2,000,000
During the flood of 2010 in Nashville, Ajax Turner saw its space fill with 6 feet of water. Inventory floated away, and the space was no longer usable. The company eventually moved to a new location in La Vergne that could accommodate its growth and keep inventory dry.
Lee Company was awarded this design/build HVAC and plumbing project and was brought on board as the engineer of record. The job included the build-out of approximately 200,000 square feet of existing warehouse, distribution and office space, along with a new vehicle maintenance building totaling 19,808 square feet.
Lee Company was able to prefabricate on-site, staging materials for just-in-time installation. This facilitated efficiency, quality control and a safe working environment.
Multiton HVAC units were installed to serve the office area, sign shop, break room, IT area, elevator equipment room, receiving area, shipping and loading area, and vehicle maintenance building. A gas-fired makeup air unit ventilates the garage bays, while four roof-mounted exhaust fans and four electric unit heaters serve the storage and parts departments. A sump pump was installed for the elevator pit, and two sump pumps were installed to carry condensate from the refrigeration systems.
Few site constraints, 200,000 square feet of covered space to work in, and the knowledge that we were helping to protect thousands of cases of beer made this a project Lee Company really looked forward to.