Wendell August Forge
Wendell August is America’s oldest and largest forge, producing hand-crafted ornamental metalware and giftware in aluminum and other metals since 1923. In March 2010, fresh from acquiring its largest order in history, the company experienced tragedy: its Grove City flagship location, which included manufacturing, corporate offices and retail was completely destroyed by fire.
Over the following year Wendell August operated in temporary space and interviewed and received proposals from Architects, General Contractors and Developers. In December 2011, the Wendell August team focus was quickly directed from operations to the construction of a new facility.
Wanting to rise from the ashes as quickly as possible, Wendell August engaged Wesex as the Design-Build Developer in May 2012 to construct a facility that employees, the community and visitors alike would once again embrace as a destination.
Wesex utilized an entirely integrated approach for this project, challenging traditional delivery methods by accepting responsibility for every facet of the project, thereby ensuring its success. The scope of work consisted of the design and construction of a 60,000 square foot manufacturing and warehouse facility, flagship retail store, and corporate office space located on a 12-acre parcel of land in Springfield Township, PA.
Early in the process, as the Design-Build Team considered the concept for the project with the Owner and his employees, the request was made to re-create the charm and character that made the original location so unique and attracted thousands each year. The desire was to preserve the company’s vintage look with a ‘Rural-Americana’ flair that included attractive woodwork and natural, rustic materials throughout the new space.
The retail area introduces thin-brick and rough cut lumber along the walls, exposed duct work and features that remind the visitor of a rustic barn. The office space reflects a more modern atmosphere with floor stained concrete, exposed spiral duct work, and large breakout areas for teamwork – all fostering a creative and collaborative environment.
Wesex provided: financing assistance, grant procurement and administration, pre-construction, land acquisition and development, design-build and self-performed general construction for the project.