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Swiss Krono USA Expansion, Barnwell, SC

Project data

Location: Barnwell, United States

Swiss Krono is one of the world’s largest producers of engineered wood products, especially laminate flooring. The company’s U.S. subsidiary, Swiss Krono USA, is currently in the midst of a $230 million, 250,000-square-foot expansion of its existing production facility in Barnwell, S.C. The expanded facility will be home to Swiss Krono’s new multi-density fiberboard line, a high-production operation that has relatively high energy requirements.

In addition to the new manufacturing line, the expansion includes construction of a new energy plant and a waste treatment facility.


Woodlands, Texas-based AXIOS Industrial is the subcontractor supplying scaffolding for the access needed throughout the construction of the energy plant and waste treatment facility. The company selected the PERI UP Rosett Flex modular scaffolding system for the project, in part due to its optimal adaptability, high level of worker safety, and fast assembly. The flexibility of the PERI UP Rosett Flex system makes it particularly well-suited to installations involving round structures, such as stacks and piping, enabling crews to fully enclose them with a variety of all-metal components.

However, an equally important consideration was the ability to completely preplan all aspects of deploying the PERI UP system by incorporating its design into the same 3D site model being used to design and construct the facilities.


AXIOS Industrial Group, The Woodlands, TX

PERI solution

PERI’s preplanning included designing scaffolding for the fixer installation access, air grader access, refiner access, and paint exhaust access. Access also was preplanned for the MDF dryers, the steam and thermal piping, and the energy center.

Incorporating all the scaffolding into the 3D model allows it to be manipulated and viewed in various ways – zooming in and out, panning, and rotating, for example. This goes far beyond rendering the scaffolding designs in a graphics program, which would be limited to using screen captures to show the scaffolding installation. Because the scaffolding can be manipulated within the model, it can be adjusted to fit around anything that might be in the way, thus maximizing field efficiency.