Cold Storage Construction Considerations

COLD STORAGE CONSTRUCTION

There are several considerations that come into play in determining the best design for each unique cold storage facility. As one of the nation’s largest builders of cold storage warehouses, ARCO is expertly capable of providing the best, value-driven solutions to our customers’ cold storage needs.

Selection of construction type plays an important role in how a building is insulated and cooled. New construction cold storage facilities can be built with insulated concrete (tilt-up or precast), insulated metal panels, or a combination of the two. Additionally, an existing dry warehouse can be converted to freezer/cooler through installation of insulated metal panels inside existing walls. This “box-in-a-box” option is a great solution when the desired location is in a densely built up area with minimal land available, allowing a cold storage user to convert ambient space to freezer, cooler, or cold dock.

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Want to learn more about how to design and build your cold storage facility?

ARCO’s design/build delivery method provides customers with go to contract pricing based on in-house preliminary design at no cost. Contact us today for more information: info@arconational.com

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Insulated Concrete

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Insulated Metal Panel

Cold storage facility conversion

Box-in-a-Box

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Performance Food Group – Foodservice Distribution Warehouse  |  Gilroy, California

REFRIGERATION

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Ammonia

Industrial Freon Cold Storage Systme

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The choice of refrigeration system and its supporting infrastructure plays a critical role in the success of a project now and in the future. Decades of experience designing and building cold storage warehouses has given us an exceptional ability to determine the best solution to maintain temperature in our customers’ frozen and cooled spaces. Selection of the most appropriate building type and refrigeration system is unique to every project. We take every factor into consideration, value engineer the design, and provide our clients with state-of-the-art cold storage facilities.

ColdPoint Logistics  –  Ammonia Refrigeration System Condensing Unit  |  Edgerton, Kansas

R-VALUE & TEMPERATURE CONTROL

In the design phase, it’s important to consider the effects of adjacent temperatures, product and equipment loads may have on spaces. Determining how to achieve the necessary r-value for a cold storage facility is best calculated through a cooperative effort between the Refrigeration Engineer and ARCO. Once the r-value requirements are identified, we make refrigeration equipment selection. The anticipated operating cost, based on the cost of local power, is another key factor in equipment selection and determined proposed r-values. That can have cost implications for the end user long after ARCO has completed construction of the facility. It is possible to more than offset the cost of mechanical system premiums and operating expenses by increasing the r-value.

FACILITY TYPES

FOODSERVICE DISTRIBUTION
PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION
FOOD PROCESSING
PUBLIC REFRIGERATED WAREHOUSE

PROJECT TYPES

BUILD TO SUIT
EXISTING FACILITY RENOVATION
RETROFIT / CONVERSION
EXPANSION

THE ARCO ADVANTAGE

ARCO’s project delivery method combines quality of design and construction, management of expense and adherence to schedule into a single point of responsibility. As a result, our customers reap the benefit of total integration. Our team of design build cold storage construction experts effectively analyze these key components to reduce exposure and provide the best value to clients. In an industry where expertise is essential, ARCO is a trusted adviser of some of the biggest names in the business.

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FoodPRO had an original plan to expand our docks and refrigerate half of them. We made calls to several design/build firms. Chris Wilson planned a site visit to discuss our overall plan and goals 25-30 years down the road. ARCO evaluated our operations and asked questions. After doing a walk through and listening to us, he thought outside the box. We didn’t need to extend our docks. We needed additional refrigerated storage and incorporate refrigerated docks into that. More bang for our buck. The addition was completed without affecting our day to day operations. We never missed a beat. Thanks to ARCO we made a better decision and now are set up for additional expansions when the time arrives.
KEVIN PUTNAM
Director of Operations, FoodPRO
Director of Preconstruction
314-914-9901 | bwestre@arco1.com
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