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Primus Providing Design-Build Services on Valley Cold Storage & Transportation Facility

Primus Builders is providing design-build services on a 25,000 SF refrigerated warehouse expansion for Valley Cold Storage & Transportation (VCS) in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Primus provided design-build services on Phase I of this project, a multi-temperature zone, public refrigerated warehouse. VCS chose to expand their services by adding additional storage space and blast freezing capacity.


Phase 2 building features include:

  • Multi-deep push back pallet racking
  • Shrink compensating floors
  • LED lighting system
  • New central refrigeration system
  • Blast freezers

The team elected to utilize a state-of-the art, CO2/NH3 Cascade refrigeration system. This system dramatically reduces the NH3 charge and uses CO2 within the warehouse spaces. This increases safety for both warehouse workers and product. The expandable system allows VCS to blast freeze 192,000 pounds of product per day while using up to 30% less energy than traditional NH3 systems.

The refrigeration room will be prefabricated off-site to increase quality control and reduce field installation time.

VCS is teamed with WestStar Bank on this project. “VCS shares our vision of a vibrant regional economy, and assisting them in growing their business was a natural fit,” said Mike Cheney,WestStar Bank Market President in Las Cruces. “WestStar Bank is proud to provide funding forVCS to complete their expansion.We understand the vital role local businesses play as economic contributors, and we’re proud to contribute to the long-term economic stability and growth in our region.”


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