C-Fan Expansion
San Marcos, TX
110,000 SFT
Contract Amount of $15,000,000
As featured in the May 2006 OSHA Press Release.

As the world's only manufacturer of commercial jet engine composite fan blades, C-Fan had some very specific and highly complex requirements for the expansion of their facility. Through our team build process which emphasizes clear client/contractor communication and creative design solutions, MST met those requirements in budget and on schedule. With the construction of 13 pre-engineered metal units, the new expansion doubled the existing square footage. MST's design accommodated multiple clear heights, roof slopes and existing structures. Six isolated slabs were poured to protect specialized equipment from vibrations and sound. C-Fan, a General Electric company, operates under strict confidentiality and proprietary regulations; therefore, MST worked under the same rules and is unable to discuss the details of numerous highly customized features of the new buildings. As a heavy industrial manufacturing company, C-Fan has energy demands. MST designers and engineers studied their manufacturing process and incorporated smart design to reduce energy demands and increase efficiency. For example, MST accommodated a HVAC system that, through extra duct work, eliminates the need to re-heat while still achieving the humidity and temperature requirements of sensitive machinery. The system reduced HVAC requirements by 200 tons, saving money for years to come. Additionally, MST incorporated new technology that conserves refrigeration space, resulting in less refrigerated volume and reduced energy consumption. With a project of this scale, cooperation with the local municipalities was essential. MST negotiated special architectural allowances for industrial zoning as well as working a deal with the city of San Marcos to share the cost of a private fire pump with the removal of C-Fan from the municipal pump. The biggest challenge MST faced in this project was the need for C-Fan to remain in full-scale production 24 hours a day during the 24 month construction schedule. MST acquired temporary certificates of occupancy in order to open new areas as they were finished.