This company leased a new grade-level building with no existing loading docks. For the building to be a viable option for their business, they needed two loading dock positions.

The architect and customer realized the expense, difficulty for trailers to maneuver and time required for conventional dock approach construction. They needed to explore another option.


After reviewing the site conditions with the customer, Jim Boston of Arbon Equipment, suggested an alternative to the standing loading dock construction with a 24’x32′ freestanding dock platform. This platform is large enough to turn and maneuver two loading dock positions. The docks were installed inside the building to maintain security, environment controlled and keep the trailers level. The unit included Safe-T-Lip levelers, Dok-Loks, shelters and doors that all matched current loading dock equipment. For access, a 30′ long x 8′ wide ramp and dual dock ladders were provided. Full guarding with an impact barrier was placed in needed positions.


Jim was able to provide a turnkey solution to his customer without the need for a contractor or expensive loading dock excavation. The total cost of the project was less than original estimates just to build the exterior dock approach. The timeliness of this loading dock allowed the customer to begin operations on their schedule without delays caused during construction.

“My customer was thrilled with the robust self-standing loading dock they received and how simply the project was executed,” says Jim Boston. “Personally, I was impressed with the problem-solving and support we received from Leum Engineering and how quickly this was completed.”