Wal-Mart Store Expansions and Renovations

Client

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Architect

Various

Role

General Contractor

Since 2006, ICI has successfully completed nearly 40 new construction, expansion and renovation projects at Wal-Mart sites across the United States. From Oregon to Florida to Wisconsin, ICI has continually met and exceeded the expectations associated with the rigorous construction program. As a result, our Wal-Mart construction volume totals more than $200 million.

ICI is well-versed in their stringent processes and tight scheduling. One of the initiatives that Wal-Mart insists upon for each of its projects is mandatory SWPPP Certification for all Field Superintendents. The SWPPP Certification guarantees environmental compliance with the EPA and also incorporates procedures for air quality control.

Please see below and the following pages for several examples of ICI’s success with the expansions and renovations of Wal-Mart Stores.

Crestwood, Illinois
The renovation and expansion of this 150,000 SF retail store in Crestwood was completed in ten phases of construction. Successful completion required heavy coordination with operations staff and strict scheduling and safety considerations to accommodate customers while the store maintained operational. ICI made temporary modifications including construction of dust walls, the creation of an alternate entrance, moving the vision center to a double-wide trailer during construction, and creating an interim customer service area.

The site work was also phased to accommodate pedestrians and traffic patterns and included new grease traps, sanitary service, electrical service, independent bale and pallet storage and a water service relocation.
The primary purpose of the renovation was to incorporate a larger grocery area into the existing footprint while deleting the existing automotive center. Grocery provisions include a new compressor house along with new walk-in coolers, freezers and refrigerated cases. Refrigeration, electrical, and EMS lines are fed underground through refrigeration pits buried in exposed integrally colored concrete slabs. The refrigeration equipment requires an additional electrical distribution center fed from a new main switchboard.

Elk Grove Village, Illinois
ICI completed a 146,000 SF addition to add a new grocery area for this Wal-Mart. The project was completed in seven phases and included renovation of the existing 200,000 SF store to construct a new Pharmacy, Dunkin Donuts and Vision Center. Interior finishes included new VCT, ceiling tile and painting throughout the store. A mill and overlay of the existing parking lot was also completed.

Niles, Illinois
Similar to the Crestwood store, the Niles remodel was primarily conducted to incorporate a new larger, grocery area into the footprint of the existing store and includes many of the same features of construction. This project was carefully scheduled through ten separate phases of construction in order to maintain daily operations of the store. Temporary facilities for this project included an interim courtesy desk and temporary protection for the asset protection equipment racks. ICI scheduled multiple shifts of supervision and labor forces to accommodate night work throughout the project.

Level Two Renovations
Level 2 Renovations typically include the remodel of areas like the pharmacy, customer service, service centers, training areas, TLE, tire/battery storage, garden center, rest rooms, photo lab, offices, grocery and vision centers. The majority of the work takes place at night as not to interrupt on-going operation of the store.

Many projects take place at 24 hour operational stores that require additional temporary protection and site safety practices to protect customers. These projects are completed on very tight 9 – 10 week schedules and Wal-Mart requires the projects to be completely closed out, including change orders and closeout documents, within thirty days of completion of the work. Successfully completing these projects on-time requires a 100% “complete as you go” mentality to turn over each area within the allotted time frame.