The view from the warehouse roof is breathtaking: it is not even 400 meters to the Adriatic, the landing stages of the local rowing club appear close enough to touch. However, it is just this proximity that demands superior effort in designing the foundations of the 35-meter-high new build: the piles driven into the ground to stabilize the floor slab in the sandy subsoil also measure exactly 35 meters. “This warehouse presents almost 3,000 square meters of side wall area to the offshore winds, for a building width of only 18 meters. More depth was needed for this structurally complex task in order to implement the high-bay warehouse with the required height”, explained project manager Matthias Fitz of voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik GmbH.
The new warehouse in Monfalcone was built to resist both winds and earthquakes in order to guarantee the safety of the facility and the interaction of warehouse installation and stacker cranes at all times. Matthias Fitz: “We rely on the unique stiffness and strength of our tried-and-tested voestalpine sections – in addition, more than 193,000 connecting structural kit, provided by the customer SBE-VARVIT, ensure reliable connections.” The Austrian high-bay specialists from Krems had already erected the building’s predecessor – to the customer’s complete satisfaction, as this follow-up order demonstrates. SBE, a member of Vescovini Group SpA, European manufacturer leader for car components, needed more warehouse capacity in order to manage at the best increase in production output.