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ENR California Award of Merit Winner in the Industrial Category, 2009

The 700,000 s.f. cold storage distribution center is a 40-ft-high concrete tilt-up building with various climate control areas. The multiple climate areas allows the shipping of all temperature sensitive products from one building.

This cold storage facility embraces a newer technology that is more efficient with its high performance industrial refrigeration compressors. A glycol system is utilized to heat the freezer floor, air curtains and cools the Banana Rooms.

A 60,000 lb. ammonia refrigeration system cools the entire warehouse facility. Temperatures in the building will range from 55 to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. The roofing consists of a high efficient single ply PVC membrane. To meet the budget and schedule challenges of the owner, this project was led by Oltmans Construction Co., which hired the project architect and structural engineer. The project required the early delivery of concrete floors in order to meet the owner’s requirements for a racking system installation. The phasing of the schedule required early ordering of the structural steel prior to completion of the building drawings and the permitting/plan check process.

The schedule required the general contractor to work closely with the design team for coordination of the early structural steel procurement and final installation of the racking system as well as maintain a close relationship with the subcontractors for scheduling, delivering and installation of the structural steel, racking system, and refrigeration coils.