Industrial // Design-Build

From Spare Bedroom to 90,000 Square Feet

“I trusted Cord to get it done right and they did. I was also surprised at their team’s enthusiasm for my business and my new building.  During construction, the Cord team would often call me over to look at something because they thought it was so cool. It was very evident that they really cared about their work and my work.

All World president and CEO David Koepp

Over the years, All World Machinery had several locations – the first being a spare room in the founder’s house. As the company, a supplier of machine tool parts and service grew into a $20 million business, it was time to stop moving and build a headquarters and manufacturing facility that met their needs now and in the future.

Design-Build Project Underway

Hired for the design-build project, we navigated every aspect, making sure All World’s commitment to sales, service and solutions was optimized into the construction of the new building. From architecture to the civil engineering, to developing the floor plans and timeline and budget, this year-long process included:

  • Evaluating locations in southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois
  • Analyzing the best municipal incentive packages offered
  • Negotiating the purchase of the land, working with the State of Illinois to help with grant funding for road construction and property tax abatements, working on annexation agreements
  • Handling sewer and water hook-ups
  • Negotiating terms for a larger than typically allowed 50-foot digital sign on I-90, giving the company exposure to hundreds of thousands of potential customers every day

This is Good, Let’s Make it Better

Originally the play was to build a 40,000 square foot building. As plans got underway, it was determined that All World could use an additional 50,000 square feet almost immediately. We reworked the plans, configuring the timeline to a Phase 1 (the original 40,000 square feet) and Phase 2 (the additional 50,000 square feet). The new plans included increasing the floor thickness to nine inches to handle the heavy machinery and making sure Phase 1 was completed on time and on budget so All World employees could move in while Phase 2 construction was underway. We accomplished this and All World lost no business and no time.

Trusting Us to Get It Right

When taking on a design-build project communication is critical We made sure communication lines stayed open and when All World came to us with a wishlist, we provided options and ways to maximize design, layout and functionality, all while staying within budget. For example, we incorporated precast walls in the structure’s design so All World could add on in the future in a way that was more cost-effective. A project built on trust and communication, led to a building that ensures All World’s future as a leader in the machine tool supply and service industry.


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