A family business for more than 30 years, Fineline Cabinet’s new facility stands at 22,500 SF in the rolling fields of Holidaysburg between state game lands and Canoe Creek State Park. Their former building, a pole barn, once stood in the same place, but on April 26, 2016, a fire destroyed the entire structure.
Fineline Cabinets is a major supplier of cabinets, all the way from design to manufacture, to many businesses and contractors in our region, including Leonard S. Fiore Inc., and to national hotel chains. With work orders outstanding and more funneling in, operations quickly moved to a location in Altoona and didn’t miss a beat. A one-year lease was negotiated so business operations could continue for Fineline, and clean up began. Just as Fineline honored their contracts within their deadlines, LSF was ready to help a trusted business owner and friend meet the deadline for construction of their new facility.
Once debris was cleared and permits were acquired, construction was able to begin in November. Creating a slab on grade foundation, footers were placed and block was installed. With typical Pennsylvania winter weather on the horizon, building erection began in December so we could try to beat the snow to hit the owner’s deadline.
By February, outside walls were enclosed, temporary heat was installed, and concrete pouring could begin. We created a pour schedule with four separate pours, averaging about 5,500 SF for each pour. Owner Doug Irvin sent us a quick email, impressed with our crews’ dedication to his project. “I wanted to send you a note and let you know how pleased I am with the concrete job that LS Fiore recently completed in our new building. The workmanship was excellent and the amount of detail and care that Joe and his crew provided along with Curt McKnight and his crew was top notch. They worked long hours and stayed very late to ensure the job was done right.”
With the shop’s remote location, water is difficult to quickly obtain on site in bulk. Extra safeguards were taken to install a water storage tank in case of another fire. A 30,000 gallon water tank, 10 feet in diameter, was installed exclusively for fire protection purposes. It was placed about 130 feet from the building, with concrete footers to hold it. A diesel-driven fire pump was also installed to provide flows for the overhead sprinkler system.
The completed building has a showroom, 2 offices downstairs, a breakroom with adjoining restrooms, and an office and conference space on the second floor. About 19,300 SF of production space was created and includes a well-ventilated finishing room and a laminate booth using an exhaust system, with areas designated for the cut line, cabinet building, and shipping. LSF installed the dust filtration/collection system. State of the art equipment, such as the CNC, was installed by the owner. Two Overhead Doors were installed in the production/shipping space and a mill dust collection system was installed in the work space.
Nearly one year to the date of the devastating fire, the Irvin family held a grand opening of their new metal building. With an extra 6,000 SF in their facility, they are now able to grow the family business and continue providing their customers with quality cabinet products.
This project received the 2017 ABC Excellence in Construction award in the pre-engineered building category.