Oak Brook, Illinois – In only five months, Krusinski Construction Company (Krusinski) successfully completed a fast turnaround, 49,000-sf fire restoration construction project for Bay Marine in Waukegan, Illinois.


In February 2022, Bay Marine experienced a four-alarm fire in their boat storage facility at Waukegan Harbor. Firefighters responded from multiple counties to battle the six-hour blaze, which resulted in extensive fire, smoke and water damage.


To quickly get the facility back in operation and ensure storage availability for its clients, Bay Marine needed to complete this project within a few months, before the end of the boating season. Two weeks after the fire, our team engaged this project, assessed the fire damage and developed a plan to meet the tight deadline.


Restoration of the 40,000-sf boat storage facility includes the replacement of all roof, wall and boat access door insulation system that increases the R-value of the structure. In addition to reworking the existing sprinkler system, high bay LED lights, unit heaters and 10 destratification fans were replaced with four, 24-foot, high-velocity low speed fans to improve the air circulation. A new mezzanine was installed in the parts storage area and epoxy coating was applied to the storage facility and maintenance shop floors.


The 9,000-sf renovated office space includes a reception area, customer lobby, conference room, private offices, breakroom, ADA compliant bathrooms, server room and new finishes, millwork, countertops and flooring.


As work progressed, our on-site team discovered pre-existing structural deficiencies and our Quality Assurance team was engaged. The team worked closely with outside structural consultants to develop a solution which included additional anchors and support for the masonry walls and piers, assuring they were adequately secured to existing structural members.


Despite the aggressive schedule and unforeseen challenges, our team leveraged timely and effective collaboration with all stakeholders to successfully deliver this quality project safely and on time to meet our client, and its client’s needs.

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