It’s surprising how visually interesting a warehouse can be. Especially when you see the work that goes into the design and construction of it. It’s utilitarian nature is what usually comes to mind, however, there is much more to appreciate if you look.
V. Paulius & Associates asked me to photograph this recently completed cold storage warehouse in Port Carteret, NJ. Construction took about 18 months and required 7,900 cubic yards of concrete for the entire project. In addition to photographing the completed project, it was also decided that we photograph the pouring of the 9 inch thick, “super flat floors”, which was a crucial component of the overall design and construction. S & S Concrete Floors Inc. placed the concrete, which was an “in-house” custom mix that included steel fibers to aid in temperature and shrinkage reinforcement. It was placed via conveyor belt to maintain slumps of less than 5 inches and the strike-off was done by laser screed machine. Once the floor was firm, it was power floated and troweled to achieved a burnished finish. For their effort, V. Paulius & Associates won an award from the NJ Concrete Awards for “Super Flat Floor”.
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Final photography was two days of shooting, a couple of months apart, capturing interiors and exteriors along with some twilight images. We had to time interior photography to when the freezer was brought down to about 40º on it’s way to it’s permanent temp of -10º. The timing also had to put us in the freezer once all the racks were erected, but no product had been placed yet. Projects like this can be tricky and timing is key when there are different areas being completed at different times along with a lot of activity going on in adjacent areas. It can be a challenge to keep the space being photographed clean with work going on all around it. In the end I think we captured some great images of a terrific project.
This was one of several interesting projects we’ve photographed for V. Paulius, who along with really knowing their stuff, continue to be a great company to work with. I appreciate our long-time relationship and the friends I’ve made there.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss photography of your upcoming projects. Bill Psolka • 732-227-0771 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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