Burns & McDonnell was hired by the frozen foods producer to design and build the new facility. The finished building — which is the size of three football fields — includes office space, shipping and receiving docks, and highly automated, state-of-the-art pizza-production equipment capable of making millions of pizzas annually.
The project team assessed expenditures, including energy costs; examined equipment and technology capabilities; and evaluated production demand and flow, both current and projected. The team then opted to implement a design-build project that would deliver a high-quality outcome faster and with more cost certainty than any other delivery approach.
One of the goals of the company’s expansion is to utilize cutting-edge equipment and technology to increase production. It’s anticipated the new facility will become one of the most technologically advanced food manufacturing facilities in the world.
Large manufacturing plants, such as this, often present unique design and construction challenges. To address issues raised because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the expansion includes technology and protocols designed to minimize risks to employee well-being during public health crises. The improvements follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and apply key learnings from the coronavirus outbreak, such as implementing design elements that facilitate social distancing and encourage enhanced sanitizing protocols.
Additionally, to help reduce costs and maximize the benefits of environmental measures, our team identified efficiency and sustainability programs that align with the company’s ongoing corporate responsibility commitments.
- A 20-year agreement to purchase renewable energy from a local wind farm.
- With sustainability measures designed into the project, the addition will discharge 10,000 fewer gallons of wastewater per day than it would otherwise.
- Equipment that delivers natural gas efficiencies of 18,000 standard cubic feet annually.