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Dollar General Distribution Center

Bessemer, AL
Leo A. Daly
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Project Overview

This 2013 PCI Design Award winner is a 1 million sq ft facility, spreading across 106 acres. It services 500 stores across Alabama and its surrounding states and is Dollar General’s tenth distribution center.

Dollar General wanted something different for its Alabama facility, which serves as a hub for more than 600 employees. They wanted a space where employees felt valued and connected to the Dollar General brand.

Metromont Corporation came up with a unique idea – create a façade that represents what the employees do for a living. Metromont created a custom formliner replicating an enlarged tire tread pattern that could be embedded into each of the exterior precast concrete panels. The treads cover the entire façade of the employee hub, creating differentiation and ownership of this portion of the building while reinforcing a symbolic authority of the architecture. The reusable formliner created a distinctive look while also reducing production costs.

Project Details

Up to 47’ tall 8-9.5” Carbon Cast c.i. Panel with R-12
Load-Bearing Insulated wall panels
6” Solid Slabs
270,000 sf of walls
450 Pieces
Erected in 40 days

Architectural Details & Finishes

Custom Formliner façade

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Ben Robertson
"Metromont was an excellent partner and worked seamlessly, closely to collaborate almost as an extension of our design team. It’s incredible how quickly it all came together.”
Scott Johnston
AIA Johnston Design Group
"The precast concrete design was able to meet the stringent performance requirements of the structure while providing an aesthetically pleasing, sustainable final product at an affordable price point."
Ben Townes
Townes + Architects
"Metromont’s team embraced our idea and got their whole team on board. It’s one thing for sales managers to want to make architects happy, but to have the plant manager, the finishing crew foreman and engineers fully engaged is something else. Metromont was extremely cooperative – the project was a win-win for everyone.”
K.J. Jacobs, AIA
McMillan Pazdan Smith

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