Benson’s has been a supplier of quality bakery products since 1918. Their business has grown from bread and fruitcakes to include a wide variety of branded and private-label cakes that are delivered to clients through a customized thaw and sell program. When it came time to expand, Benson’s selected Primus to provide turn-key design and construction services on their new 100,000 SF dry and cold storage distribution facility.
Cakes produced in the manufacturing facility are stored in the cold storage area. Temperatures range from -10° in the freezer to 40° on the dock. The dry storage area houses cake ingredients and is ambient temperature. There are eight dock doors in the cold storage area and nine in the dry storage area. Additional features include office space, locker rooms and an employee break room.
This project endured an extraordinary amount of rain. Total rainfall measured about 61.25”. This resulted in over 90 rain days. Primus’s on-site team was in a constant state of drying out the project. Pumps and fans were installed to draw out moisture. The superintendent personally tilled lime into the soil seven miles a day for two weeks to improve conditions. To keep the project as close to schedule as possible, he re-sequenced construction activities to work around weather conditions.