Responding to the Need for Cold Storage

Whether leasing, renovating, or building a new site, food suppliers and distributors are responding to the increased need for cold storage. For example, one food supplier selected ESI Group to design and construct a tenant cold storage and office build-out at a new distribution center in California where the shell building was constructed by our clients’ developer. The facility is a conventional warehouse utilizing tilt wall construction, single-ply membrane roof, reinforced concrete floors and conventional steel structure with a wood panelized roof structure.

ESI Group was called in to create cold space for the building, which resulted in 22,732 sq. ft. of freezer storage and almost 31,000 sq. ft. of multi-temperature coolers/perishable dock space. ESI Group designed the structure to accommodate future freezer space of 8,000 sq. ft. and 5,864 sq. ft. of future cooler space.

In another example, ESI Group designed and constructed a state-of-the-art distribution center for US Foods. The project scope included all temperature-controlled areas. ESI Group was then called in to reconfigure 120,000 sq. ft. of dry storage to multi-cooler storage. This required re-racking 260,000 sq. ft. of storage area.

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