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Ruark & Wyatt expanded our portfolio of manufacturing work with a plant for Beaulieu International Group in Cartersville, Georgia. In 2016 B.I.G. tasked RWA with master planning a 2.2 million square-foot campus for its vinyl flooring manufacturing plant. We designed the 540,000 square-foot facility that houses the world's largest production line for cushioned vinyl flooring. The building also includes a 4-story vinyl paste preparation mixing tower and a warehouse to store the finished goods.

For more info, look for the Beaulieu/B.I.G. project on the Projects page in the Industrial/Manufacturing category.


Ruark & Wyatt recently designed a 12,000 square-foot facility for Seven Islands Environmental Solutions, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. Seven Islands is an incubator for new environmental solutions. The Golden Isles Conservation Center will remove materials from the waste stream and generate clean energy as part of Cox's ongoing commitment to sustainability and innovation. The project is located in Nahunta, Georgia near Brunswick's deep-water port.

The Center will initially focus on recycling tires. A front-end system will utilize organic materials such as wood chips to generate heat. The heat breaks down tires into their three original components - carbon black, synthesis oil and synthesis gas - while producing no harmful emissions.

The synthesis oil and carbon black will be repurposed for many uses, including the creation of filtration systems, rubber hoses and inks. The synthesis gas will generate energy for the closed-loop Center and will be fed back into the grid, creating clean energy for the community.

As it develops new applications, the Center will host leaders from multiple industries and corporations to share best practices. The Center will have the capacity to recycle 480 tires per day, equivalent to removing five tons from local landfills and water systems. Schools will also be able to tour the Center to teach students about technology and sustainability.


Ruark & Wyatt recently partnered with Duke Realty to design a build-to-suit distribution facility for Floor & Decor, the Atlanta-based flooring retailer. The 1.5 million square-foot building is being constructed on a 90-acre site in Bloomingdale, Georgia with truck and rail access to the nearby Port of Savannah. The project is scheduled for completion in 2018.


Ruark & Wyatt recently reached a milestone as we completed our 25th project for Duke Realty. We're happy to count Duke among our many repeat clients. Since 2006 we've completed more than 10 million square feet of projects with Duke, including speculative and build-to-suit warehouse/distribution, office interiors and tenant build-outs. These projects were completed for companies such as Fedex, Dick's Sporting Goods, Carter's, Floor & Decor, Kuehne + Nagel, Maxxis Tire and HH Gregg.


SCHÜTZ Container Systems, Inc. selected Ruark & Wyatt to complete a 4th project, this one in Houston, Texas. RWA began its relationship with SCHÜTZ project #1 in 2014 with the design of the company's regional office and manufacturing plant in Carl, Georgia. The plant manufactures IBCs (intermediate bulk containers).

Project #2 was the addition of a rail-served steel tubing and fabrication facility to the IBC plant. This project involved a 38-ton bridge crane to handle 30-ton rolls of sheet steel which is used to fabricate the enclosures for the molded plastic IBCs.

Project #3 was a steel drum fabrication plant in Houston, Texas. This facility performs multiple operations with sheet steel: stamping into drum lids, cutting and crimping into drum shapes, and fastening the drums to the top and bottom lids. The facility also applies specialty custom finishes to the interior and exterior of the steel drums.

Project #4 is the recent addition of a 100,000-SF high-piled storage warehouse to an existing IBC facility in Houston. The project is located on a landlocked site, which required the team to solve complex engineering issues related to handling stormwater from a challenging roof shape on a very tight site. The innovative gutter system handled the unprecedented rainfall from hurricane Harvey with no problem.

For more info, look for the SCHÜTZ projects on the Projects page in the categories Industrial/Manufacturing and Distribution/Warehouses.