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Top Shops: A major floor plan
Villwock Farms added a 64x32-foot structure centered along the western side of their shop structure to house an office complex. Besides accommodating both Don and Jason’s office, this structure provides room for a kitchen, a rest room, utility room and a part’s storage. This structure’s attic, accessed through a pull-down stairs in the part’s storage room, also provides storage for farm records. This office structure has its own forced air furnace and air conditioning.
Don’s office also provides rooms for a conference table for farm meetings.
The 12x24-foot part’s storage room was created to avoid having to locate parts bins and shelves in the main repair and maintenance bay. Because the part’s room is located in the office structure it is air conditioned which “gives us a place to go to work during the heat of the summer,” Jason adds.
A cabinet at the north end of the part’s room holds all the shop’s cordless tools in addition to their related rechargers. “We use a lot of cordless tools and found that we needed a separate area for them. This way there is no doubt where the tools and their rechargers are,” Jason explains. “These drawers are metal and thus fireproof since we are charging batteries in them.”
The shop features three doors located along the south side of the structure. The doors were thus positioned as they face a large open staging area in the farmyard. Equipment enters the farmyard to the right (west) of the doors.
The 24-foot-wide door (on the left) has proven adequate to accommodate the largest equipment the Villwock crew need to move into the shop. “In my previous shop I had a 40-foot-wide bi-fold door which was fine,” Don recalls. “But it took a long time to open and close letting out a lot of heat in the winter. A second 20-foot door resides next to the main entrance. “This door is often used for semi-trucks,” Jason explains.
The 72x80-foot area that constitutes the main repair and maintenance bay provides adequate room to unfold a 24-row planter. The bottom 8 feet of the wall is covered with white glass board “that is impact resistant and easier to clean then metal siding,” Don explains. There are T5 flourescent ceiling lights which provide outstanding illumination “that is as close to sunlight as you can get inside a building,” Jason observes.
A second 20x18-foot door is located on the north side of the door. It works in conjunction with the similar sized door on the south creating a pass-through maintenance bay which is valuable for working on semi-trucks with trailers. “We put an other 20-foot door opposite of it so that we can drive through the shop to avoid having to back into this bay,” Jason adds.
Combination outlets providing access to electricity, air and water are located in three positions around the exterior wall of the maintenance bay. Beyond typical 120-volt outlets, electrical service included 220-volt plug-in to feed a wire welder. Extension cords wind back up into basket-type retainers.
In addition to a hose reel, a nearby pegboard holds commonly used air tools. A drainage drop leg is located at each outlet to drain condensation, although the pneumatic circuit has an air dryer located down stream near the compressor. Villwock Farms had their pneumatic system designed by NAPA. It consists of 1-inch-diameter feed lines the run is a complete loop around the shop providing 120 psi air at all outlets all of the time. Those feed lines were located behind the walls.
Four large casement windows over the workbench provide outstanding work light over the workbench, particularly during the winter months. But, as the windows face north that light is not direct and thus doesn’t add radiant heat to the shop during the summer months.
The wash and paint bay is accessed through the third of the shop’s southerly doors.
The 31-foot-wide by 68-foot-long wash bay has a drain running the length of the room.
A sliding door, in combination to the door leading into the wash bay from the east, provide a second pass-through lane. This allows vehicles to be brought into the building from the east for lubricant changes in the oil changing area.
A loft at the north end of the wash bay provides for long-term storage of large parts as well as two old stainless steel tanks that old lubricant.
A 12x31-foot storage room under the loft provides for storage of lubricant supplies, some parts storage as well as a location for the shop’s air compressor and hot-water washer. “This keeps the noise in this room and away from the main repair bay,” Don explains.
The Villwock Farms also poured a 32x64-foot concrete pad on the east side of the shop to serve both as a staging area for equipment as well as an additional wash pad. “This is where we would wash off equipment that has a lot of mud or dirt prior to a finish washing in the indoor bay,” Don explains. “We put two drains along the east side of this pad to gather mud and water. The drain from the indoor wash bay as well as the outdoor pad lead to underground.”
Villwock shop floorplan
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