Family Dollar Distribution Center

Project Date: 2004

Project Location: Marianna Florida

Project Description for Site, Utilities, and Inspection Services:

The Family Dollar Distribution Center, a 907,000 sq. ft. facility located near the I-10/S.R. 276 interchange on 76 acres, required the extension of the City of Marianna’s water, wastewater and natural gas systems. Melvin Engineering provided design, permitting and inspection services for the project.  With the decision of Family Dollar executives to locate in Marianna/Jackson County, extensive roadway and additional infrastructure designs were required.  The Distribution Center was the first business to located in the Marianna/Jackson County Distribution Park complex.

Professional Services provided by DHM included the following:

Site Design

  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
  • Land Use Change from Agricultural to Commercial
  • Regional Stormwater Treatment System
  • Topographic and Boundary Surveys
  • Wetlands Permitting and 20+ acres of mitigation
  • Earthwork cut and fill of over 20'

Utilities Design

  • Fire Protection Facilities included design of two 300,000 gallon ground water storage tanks, and two fire pump houses, with electrical and diesel driven fire pumps.
  • Water System Extension – The City of Marianna’s potable water distribution system was extended from north of I-10 to the Distribution Center located south of I-10, requiring installation of 12” HDPE water main under I-10 by directional drilling, and over 1,400 LF of 12” PVC water main.
  • Wastewater Improvements – A new sewer lift station was constructed adjacent to the Distribution Center site and over 1,000 LF of 6” PVC force main was installed. A HDPE force main was installed under I-10 by directional drilling and connection was made to the Marianna wastewater collection system just north of I-10.
  • Natural Gas System Extension – The City of Marianna’s natural gas distribution system was extended from Orange Street to the Family Dollar Distribution Center. This required installation of over 12,000 LF of 4” steel gas piping, the installation of a 4” steel gas line under I-10, the construction of two gas pressure regulator stations, and installation of nearly 5,000 LF of 4” HDPE gas piping.

 Roadway (Coordinated effort with Marianna/Jackson County Distribution Park)

  • New access roadway
  • Widening of existing roadway from 2 - 3 lanes to accommodate commercial truck traffic


  • Structural Building
  • Site

Grants Administration

  • Multi-agency funding and coordination

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