SEI Investments Farmhouse

SEI Invesetments Farmhouse - BEFORE
SEI Investments Farmhouse – BEFORE
SEI Investments Farmhouse - AFTER
SEI Investments Farmhouse – AFTER

Blue Rock renovated an 18th century farmhouse into a modern gathering place for SEI Investments while maintaining historic details.

The original farmhouse dates to 1744 and includes an addition built in 1799.

Project highlights:

  • Demolished remaining floor joist and roof structure.
  • Installed new reclaimed flooring and heavy timber trusses to create an open concept gathering space. This includes a new 18’ x 13’ glass door and window opening up to a new flagstone patio, seat wall and fireplace.
  • All of the existing windows were replaced to match the look and style of the existing building.
  • A small addition was constructed to house the mechanical equipment as well as provide new restrooms

Built around 1740 and situated near the defunct Perkiomen Railroad, the farmhouse walls literally hold hundreds of years of history. While transforming the weary farmhouse into the IdeaFarm, contractors tearing down drywall uncovered a revised second-edition spelling book, which was inscribed with the year 1799 and the name Thomas Wade (born in 1776 and died in 1870). Caleb Cresson purchased the home in 1862, shortly before Wade died. Cresson was related to the Wetherills, an affluent and legendary family in the Oaks area. The farmhouse’s continued sense of purpose provides opportunities for past reflection and future inspiration.

SEI Farmhouse - BEFORE
SEI Farmhouse – BEFORE
SEI Investments Farmhouse - AFTER
SEI Investments Farmhouse – AFTER

Turn 14 Distribution

Turn 14 Distribution is a big fan of “high performance,” and that’s exactly what it received when the Blue Rock team constructed a new 209,000-square-foot distribution warehouse in Hatfield, PA.

Verus-Turn 14 logoTurn 14’s new facility features a complex, high-end automated conveyor system that loops the perimeter of the warehouse and feeds into the dock doors.

Other features include:

  • 5,000 SF office space
  • 2,000 SF shipping area
  • 20 dock doors and room to expand with 10 knockout panels

Blue Rock encountered challenges and tackled each one head on. The team overcame unsuitable soils while preparing the building pad and also adjusted to late changes to the original design.

For example, prior to the start of joist production, Turn 14 mentioned it was going to support its conveyor from the joists above, which was not in the original design.

“Drawings were re-engineered to support the conveyor loads at 100 joists,” said Project Manager Brenden Smith. “However, structural steel was still fabricated on time and erected on schedule.”

Earning high marks from property owner Verus Partners was the concrete tilt wall panels. Ryan Hahn, vice president of development for Verus, commented that it was some of the nicest concrete tilt panels he has seen, in addition to the high quality of the slab.

Turn 14 also appreciate the value of upgrading the 523 warehouse light fixtures from T5 fluorescent to LED fixtures. The tenant will potentially save $28,000 a year and also avoid maintenance on T5 lamps due to the upgrade.

Video: A Look Inside Turn 14 Distribution’s New Facility

About Turn 14 Distribution

Turn 14 Distribution is a national wholesale distributor of performance aftermarket car parts. The company also has offices in Horsham, PA, and a distribution site in Reno, NV.  The company started in 2002 and has grown to distribute over 150 product lines of aftermarket auto parts.