Loop Cold Storage, a leading third-party logistics company in South Texas, selected Primus Builders to design and construct a new distribution center for one of their subsidiaries, Loop Fresh Produce. The distribution center houses various types of seasonal produce.
The original design-build assignment for the greenfield facility encompassed 45,000 SF with 12 convertible rooms that operate from 34°F to 55°F. The project also included 20 vertical-storing hydraulic dock positions and a new refrigeration system.
Soon after, Loop Fresh Produce decided to enlarge the original facility with a Phase II expansion, and, after a highly competitive bid process, Loop once again selected Primus as a design-build partner.
Phase II incorporates an additional 55,000 SF of dock, cooler, support and office areas. This phase will have three storage areas that are convertible from 33°F to 60°F, and will include 13 additional dock levelers. A centralized, computer-controlled refrigeration system will power both Phase I and II.
The main challenge of Phase II was to provide a flexible floorplan capable of handling extremely high volume and an ever-changing product mix; during peak seasons, the facility must be able to handle up to 200 trucks per day. Also, due to the client’s requirement for tight temperature tolerances in the event of compressor failure, the refrigeration system was designed so that any given room can remain at 80% refrigeration capacity.
Other highlights of Phase II include consolidated battery charging areas and shrink-compensating floors.
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