Ravago: Rail Served Success


Ravago is a global leader in polymer recycling and distribution. The company’s rapid growth trajectory necessitated a major upgrade from its existing facilities in Houston, Texas. By partnering with E.E. Reed Construction, Ravago was able to accomplish this major capital project on time and under budget, in spite of many uncontrollable difficulties.

Upgrading facilities for a company like Ravago was a highly complex undertaking. To meet fast-growing customer demand, the company needed comprehensive development of a vast new site, which would be anchored by a 712,710 square foot, tilt-wall warehouse and distribution center and includes 30,000 square feet of office space. The site also required a 200-car rail yard, truck maintenance facility, and a 26,500 square foot, pre-engineered metal building extension. To access all of these facilities, a private road and utility lines were built and tied into public roadways and utility mains. A rail spur also had to be built and tied into active rail lines.

Providing Value to Ravago

E.E. Reed Construction and Powers Brown Architecture were design/build partners on this project. Design/Build is one of the preferred methods of project delivery at E.E. Reed and we have ample experience working under a single contract with the Owner to provide design and construction services. E.E. Reed and Powers Brown worked collaboratively throughout building on their 20-year relationship. As the design/build contractor, E.E. Reed selectively assembled the ideal design team with vast knowledge and industry experience to deliver a final building product to meet Ravago’s specific needs. Extensive coordination and communication during the early phases of the project provided many opportunities to tailor to the owner’s vision while finding alternatives to keep costs below the established budget amount. E.E. Reed’s team was successful in completing a well-designed, efficiently built landmark facility that realizes Ravago’s dream without sacrificing value or cost effectiveness.

Overcoming Harvey

Once work commenced as planned, Mother Nature stepped in to have her say. Even with several weather days and Hurricane Harvey, the Ravago project was completed on time. To mitigate the impact of the heavy rains and hurricane season, our team was able to mix and re-mix the building pad subgrade prior to every slab pour, between the rains, timing it precisely to get the slab pours down and stay on schedule.

E.E. Reed Construction was also able to limit lost time due to weather by erecting the individual bays of roof steel on the ground and lifting them into place, one bay at a time. Glazing systems were measured prior to lifting the tilt-wall panels and storefront systems measured prior to sidewalk completion, allowing for glazing install to start shortly after tilt-wall erection completion. All of these techniques, along with working long hours, helped keep the project on schedule.