ESI Navigates Rising Costs for PFG Expansion


Performance Food Group (PFG) selected ESI to design and construct a 152,623-foot expansion to its Reinhart facility in Mount Pleasant, PA. This includes freezer space, cooler space, refrigerated dock, dry warehouse, a truck maintenance facility, and related site improvements. The expansion will also include a 50-foot high Multi-Shuttle Automated Storage & Retrieval System (AS/RS), and a two-story office expansion will boast flexible configurations.

PFG, the parent company to Performance Foodservice, Vistar, and PFG Customized, delivers more than 150,000 food and related products to customers across the United States. This project is expected to take 14 months to complete, and while ESI is optimistic this schedule is attainable, Jason Weber, project manager, ESI Group USA, says material availability could have an impact.

Also impacting the project is the rising costs of those materials. In some cases, vendors, and suppliers to ESI’s subcontractors are not willing to uphold the pricing provided in their proposals. “This is because these folks have been hit with price increases as well,” he says. “This situation is really unheard of, but we are trying to navigate this situation with subcontractors and the owner.”

Some suggestions Weber and his team have made to offset cost and availability issues are using different wall panels, different types and thickness of roof insulation, concrete floor thickness options, and the level of office finishes.

“ESI has a long-standing partnership with PFG and will work on their behalf to ensure a quality facility is constructed for the best value that will perform for their needs today and in the future,” says Weber.

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