Bob Moore Construction Completes First Garland Business Center Warehouse Phase II

Bob Moore Construction was the design / build contractor for the First Garland Business Center Warehouse Phase II in Garland, Texas. Completed in March 2008, the new building provides 435,180 SF of new speculative warehouse space and brings the total space for this business complex to 944,000 SF. Bob Moore Construction also built the 509,000SF Phase I of the First Garland Business Center in 2001.

Arlington, TX, April 14, 2008 --( In 2001 Bob Moore Construction completed Phase I of the First Garland Business Center for First Industrial Realty Trust, which featured 509,000 SF of office and warehouse space in Garland, Texas. Site mass grading and utility installation for Phase II, planned to add 435,000 SF of additional space, was started that same year. At that point, however, the project was put on hold.

In 2007 First Industrial Realty Trust revived Phase II of the project. “Phase II is a sister building to the one Bob Moore Construction had already built for us,” said Ed Kepner, Development Manager for First Industrial Realty Trust. “Phase II was delayed due to 9/11, but in 2007 it made sense for us to return to this project.”

Bob Moore Construction was the design / build contractor and Hardy McCullah / MLM Architects was the architect on this building, which was completed in March 2008.

The new building provides 435,180 SF of speculative warehouse space. Constructed with 242 tiltwall panels, it features 52 overhead doors and smoke exhaust system with fans and louvers. The building’s paint scheme matches that of the Phase I property. As part of Phase II a 12’ retaining wall was built along the west and north property line.

Between 2001 and 2007 the design plans changed for this building. As a result, the utilities and building pad installed in 2001 were designed to serve a building of a different size/configuration than what was ultimately built. Also, between the times of the original utilities installation and the actual building construction, the City of Garland changed several of their engineering utility requirements. This necessitated significant modifications to the pad and the utilities, including relocating some of the building fire service and remote fire department connection, water vaults, fire hydrants, and even manhole lids, to what was previously built.

“You couldn’t ask for a project to go more smoothly than this one did,” said Curt Hellen, Senior Project Manager for Bob Moore Construction. “We had great leadership in the field with our superintendent Jerry Clem, our subcontractors pulled together and worked well as a team, and we were fortunate enough to be working with Ed Kepner and First Industrial Realty Trust. When you’re working with the nation's largest provider of diversified industrial real estate you expect their representatives to be experts in the process, and Ed Kepner fits that bill. We’ve collaborated on several buildings with Ed and we always look forward to those opportunities because we know it will be a smooth project with superb leadership.”

“I’ve been fortunate enough to do several buildings with Bob Moore Construction,” Ed Kepner said. “I’ve done several projects with Jerry Clem and it’s always a great experience. I’m always amazed at the professionalism of their people, like Curt Hellen and Jerry Clem. I’m always pleased with end result.”

First Garland Business Center Building II currently has 435,179SF available for lease, divisible down to 100,000 SF. For more information about leasing opportunities, please contact Dave Anderson at or (972) 458-5220.

Print sized photos of the First Garland Business Center Warehouse Phase II project are available at

About Bob Moore Construction

A recipient of the QUOIN / AGC General Contractor of the Year Award, the QUOIN / AGC Summit Award for Construction Excellence and the Texas Building Branch-AGC Outstanding Construction Award, Bob Moore Construction has been one of the most respected commercial construction companies in Texas since 1946. A leading proponent of jobsite safety, Bob Moore Construction became one of only five general contractors in North Texas to be accepted into the OSHA Local Partnership program in 2007. The company's portfolio includes a wide range of buildings, from warehouses and distribution centers to office buildings and retail stores. Whether it is providing general contractor, design / build or construction management services, Bob Moore Construction's goal remains the same: to deliver quality construction projects on time and in budget. Thanks to this focus on customer satisfaction and integrity, Bob Moore Construction celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2006. Bob Moore Construction is a member of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), US Green Building Council and the Tilt-up Concrete Association (TCA), and has been showcased on, a website that recognizes some of the top ranked construction companies and commercial contractors in the United States. For more information about Bob Moore Construction, please visit


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