Case New Holland, a world leader in the agricultural and construction equipment business, needed a new facility to test harvesting equipment with 1,000-horsepower engines running under full loads for days at a time. The facility required a special room to give the client the flexibility to test multiple equipment configurations and various pieces of equipment. In addition, the room had to be kept cool enough for workers during the summer months. The testing operations at this plant are vital to monitoring product quality and for making improvements to new models.
RETTEW designed the new 6,000-SF addition and roof to support one suspended 5-ton overhead crane and made provisions for two future additional overhead cranes. Since the room required 200 tons of cooling, the same roof structure also had to support 38,500 pounds of air conditioning equipment. We designed the floor to support farm equipment weighing more than 66,000 pounds and all the related testing equipment needing to be placed on the floor in the room for each test. Once constructed, this test facility will support testing of the largest equipment made at this facility.