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Commercial | METROLINA GREENHOUSE »Occupying 147 acres, Metrolina Greenhouses is the largest single-story heated greenhouse in the country. Greenhouse Gurus etrolina Greenhouses has grown 39 of the past 40 years since it was founded. That’s not just in revenue, but in size, as well. The company, based in Huntersville, N.C., constantly expands its acreage, whether it’s building covered greenhouses or cultivating outdoor grounds for growing plants. Metrolina Greenhouses occupies 147 acres, making it the largest single-story heated greenhouse in the country. It also maintains 30 acres and counting of outdoor growing space. Recently, the company laid the foundation for a 1.5-million-square-foot expansion. Metrolina has graded the site and installed a pond for water usage. However, the family owned company says it is a year away from above ground construction. Before its big expansion begins, Metrolina will tend to what it already has. PHOTO CREDIT: HOLLY GERNATT METROLINA GREENHOUSES HAS BUILT SUCCESS WITH A DO-IT-YOURSELF ATTITUDE. BY JAMIE MORGAN M Renewed Growth Metrolina has laid an 11-acre perimeter of irrigation lines and is getting ready to pour concrete for its outdoor flood floors – an area where plants’ roots soak up water from the Metrolina Greenhouse • Revenue: $140 million • Headquarters: Huntersville, N.C. • Employees: 600 full-time employees, 400 seasonal employees “Our success has come from the team. There is not one person that does it all. It takes the whole team to make it work.” -Art Van Wingerden, co-CEO floor. The company also is tearing down and rebuilding five-and-a-half acres of greenhouse space. Its previous Cravo greenhouses will be replaced with a glass greenhouse, on par with the others Metrolina uses today. A new corridor will connect it to its neighboring greenhouse. The company, which operates yearround, says the new space should be operational by January 2013. “We tore down an older, cheaper greenhouse because it didn’t have a long life expectancy,” Vice President Thomas Van Wingerden says. “We tore it down and are rebuilding a glass structure with cooling pads. It’s a more state-of-the-art greenhouse. We had to rip some of the concrete out, and we recycled 4,000 tons of concrete to reuse as road beds around the facility.” When Van Wingerden, says “we,” he means that quite literally. Van Wingerden may be the NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM 135 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - November/December 2012
Construction Law
Best Practices
Hurricane Sandy
Marketing Strategies
Holcim (US) Inc.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Rockwell Group
IVM Construction Inc.
Millennium Partners – Millennium Place
Paradigm Cos.
W.G. Yates Construction
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Marlyn Development and S.L. Nusbaum Realty – Heritage Forest Apartments
Chas Roberts Air Conditioning
Bellini Williams Island
Beal|Derkenne Construction – The Hub
Cedar Siding Inc.
Nibbi Bros. – Hunters View Phase 1
EllisDon Corp. – Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI Field Building
The Hayner Hoyt Corp.
Paric Corp.
Rotondo Weirich Enterprises Inc.
Advocate Christ Medical Center and Pepper Construction – Outpatient Pavilion expansion
Shawnee Mission Medical Center – United Excel – Birth Center
National Lutheran Communities & Services – The Village at Rockville/ARCH Consultants Ltd.
Harold O'Shea Builders – Springfield Clinic First North
Dewberry/Okland Construction – Western Regional Medical Center Addition
Kohler Ronan LLC
Graber Post Buildings Inc.
Tooz Construction Inc.
Bombardier Learjet – Facility Expansion
Rock Gaming LLC – Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Metrolina Greenhouse
Rommel Cos.
W.G. Tomko Incorporated Contractors
Continental Contractors
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
J.R. Filanc Construction Co. Inc.
Pulice Construction Inc. – I-10 Prince Road
Ames-Granite – US 36
Tomar Construction
E.E. Cruz/Tully – Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Queens approach
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
CARCON Industries and STL Engineering
Last Look

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