VFP Corporation—Duffield

VFP Incorporated is a leading manufacturer of shelters used in the communications industry. The Duffield, Virginia, facility manufactures a complete line of precast concrete shelters that can be placed in remote locations, virtually impervious to vandalism or damage from natural causes.

In order to meet the rapidly changing needs of the telecommunications industry, VFP retained H.S. Williams Company to design and build a customer fit-out building to compliment the products produced in the existing facility. The building was designed to provide a friendly work environment for the installation of communications equipment in the shelters.

The pre-engineered building features a twenty-five-foot clear height that can accommodate future bridge crane systems. Eighteen foot wide doors allow ample room for the shelters, which can be as wide as sixteen feet. The exposed structural components were painted white, and metal halide lighting with acrylic lenses ensure high light levels. Electrical test stations featuring single and three-phase power in several voltages are located throughout the building. Infrared heating units are supplemented by ceiling paddle fans to reduce thermal stratification. Roof-mounted gas furnaces with electric air conditioning heat and cool the office.

A four thousand square foot office is attached to the manufacturing area.
Actual construction, including site development, was completed in one hundred twenty days. The total project time, including design and permitting, was five and one-half months.

H.S. Williams Company provided all design, site development and building construction for the project.

Duffield, Virginia | Manufacturing Facility | 34,000 square feet | A Design-Build Project H.S. Williams Company, Inc. | Cameron L. Wolfe, Jr. AIA