Sumitomo Shop Breakroom Retrofit

In a striking transformation, Mid-Atlantic Building Services overhauled Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America's breakroom. Beyond a mere facelift, this renovation marks a significant boost in employee well-being for Sumitomo, a leader in industrial machinery. Key highlights? A shift from dated to modern, energy-efficient design, mirroring Sumitomo's quality-first ethos. The result: A tangible lift in employee morale and productivity, showcasing Mid-Atlantic's knack for aligning spaces with corporate culture and objectives.

Chesapeake, VA
12,000 ft²

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Client Overview

Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America is a subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries, one of Japan’s premier machinery manufacturers. It is a leading manufacturer of gearboxes, gear motors, speed reducers, inverters, and control products for a multitude of global applications. Headquartered in Chesapeake, Sumitomo Drive Technologies operates from a 200,000 square foot facility and employs around 200 skilled workers. Sumitomo Drive Technologies has been recognized for their exceptional performance earning awards such as Best Mid-Sized Company and Best Overall Company in Hampton Roads. Renowned for their quality and service, they offer gearbox repair, technical support, and aftermarket solutions, making them a reliable choice for industrial gearbox needs. 


Project Scope

The shop breakroom was a retrofit, involving the complete demolition and reconstruction of the existing space to create a modernized, energy efficient environment to meet contemporary standards and enhance functionality. It involved the demolition of existing ceiling structures, followed by the installation of a new ceiling system complete with modern lighting fixtures and updated sprinkler heads.  All flooring was removed to make way for the installation of durable and aesthetically pleasing Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT). A soffit was constructed, and all walls were meticulously painted to enhance architectural appeal and rejuvenate the visual appeal. Furthermore, brand-new cabinetry, including a kitchen island with solid surface countertops, was installed to enhance storage capacity and workspace functionality within the renovated area.  

  • New Access/Doorway:  A new case opening into the main corridor was constructed by cutting through existing walls which required precise cutting, framing the opening, and installing the necessary components for the new casing which.  necessitating precise cutting and framing procedures
  • Jobsite Safety: Because the breakroom is situated within the manufacturing area, adherence to safety protocols to ensure a secure working environment not only for the MBS team but also for all Sumitomo employees was of paramount importance. Regular site inspections were conducted to assess the jobsite and identify any potential safety hazards. This proactive approach allowed for the prompt identification and mitigation of risks, ensuring compliance with safety regulations and standards. To further enhance safety measures, physical barriers were placed to clearly demarcate our construction zones and restrict access to hazardous areas. These safety barriers helped prevent unauthorized entry and minimize the risk of accidents or injuries, prioritizing the well-being of all individuals on-site.
  • Cabinetry: Plastic laminate cabinets with Meganite solid surface countertops and an Island wall with waterfall ends were installed. 
  • Plumbing:  Modification of the water supply piping with added valves and new kitchen sink.

The Challenge

  • Initial Concerns: The breakroom is situated within the manufacturing area of the facility, emphasizing the importance of safety protocols to ensure a secure working environment for both the MBS team and Sumitomo employees.
  • Specific Needs: Sumitomo wanted us to work as swiftly to complete the project, as their employees needed their breakroom and preferred minimal disruption.

Our Approach

  • Consultation and Planning: During our consultation, we identified key areas of focus, such as budget constraints, timeline considerations, and desired outcomes. We adjusted our approach and strategies accordingly, so our actions were in line with their goals. Our recurring collaborations with Sumitomo over the years have further solidified trust and rapport, making our consultation and planning process seamlessly integrated with their expectations and needs.  
  • Customized Solution: A strategy was devised to work diligently and swiftly, prioritizing efficient progress while adhering to the project timeline. This involved coordinating tasks effectively and allocating resources efficiently to meet deadlines and minimize disruptions. 
  • Execution: Executing the project amidst the busy holiday season required meticulous planning and coordination. A carefully devised construction schedule was made to efficiently coordinate our skilled labor crews and subcontractors to optimize productivity while accommodating the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays. Recognizing that a clean jobsite is a safe one, we took extra measures pre-construction to shield Sumitomo’s manufacturing equipment from construction debris and dust. Additionally, we applied Ram Board to protect the existing shop corridor flooring during the construction process. Continuous site inspections were conducted to promptly detect any safety risks or breaches in our protective measures, ensuring a secure and efficient construction process.

Results and Impact

This project was successfully completed within 12 weeks, ensuring safety and cleanliness throughout. This project had a significant positive impact on Sumitomo. By renovating their shop breakroom, we provided Sumitomo employees with a modernized and comfortable space to relax and recharge during their workday. The improved breakroom not only enhances employee satisfaction and morale but also contributes to productivity and overall well-being. Additionally, our commitment to quality and client satisfaction fosters a strong partnership with Sumitomo, laying the foundation for future collaborations and mutual success. Overall, the project positively impacted Sumitomo by creating a better working environment for their employees and strengthening our relationship as trusted partners.    

The project successfully met its objectives through careful planning, coordination, and client-focused execution. Despite the challenges posed by the holiday season, a well-devised construction schedule ensured efficient progress while respecting the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays. Proactive measures were taken pre-construction to protect Sumitomo's manufacturing equipment, including affixing Ram Board to the existing shop corridor flooring. Throughout the project, frequent site inspections were conducted to promptly address any safety concerns and maintain a clean and safe working environment. This collaborative approach, combined with effective communication and adherence to safety protocols, fostered trust and rapport with Sumitomo, resulting in a successful outcome that met their needs and expectations.

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