Site Assessment and Renovation: Fresh Foods Distribution/Logistics Center

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Our client, a leading online retailer of groceries and consumer goods, approached POWER about delivering a series of projects to convert existing facilities into distribution and logistics centers. Located in the hearts of various urban centers around the U.S., these projects featured extremely aggressive schedules and budgets. POWER has partnered with various contractors to deliver these projects under a Design-Build methodology. The projects were successful due to our team’s close coordination with the client and the Design-Build contractors, strong internal teamwork, and careful phasing of project activities.

Site Assessment

Prior to acquiring and converting a site to meet their needs, our client asked POWER to participate in the assessment of five potential facilities. Our team provided site evaluation services, including review of a 105,527 square foot existing facility. This building review documented “areas of concern” such as: damage to structural columns; necessary welding and lead-based paint remediation areas; brick sealant in need of replacement; exterior masonry and brick veneer in need of repair; roof in need of replacement; and overhead doors in need of replacement. The review also resulted in the discovery of visible mold growth in exterior and interior locations in need of remediation. As a result of this assessment, our client ultimately selected a different location.

Facility Conversion

Once an appropriate site was identified, the design team conducted a more detailed investigation of existing conditions, ultimately allowing them to develop detailed designs and construction documents for the conversion of an existing space into a new 36,250 square foot distribution and logistics center. Our team provided comprehensive design services, including: architecture, structural engineering, mechanical engineering (including plumbing), and electrical engineering. Working closely with the general contractor, our team also provided comprehensive construction support, including RFI and owner-requested change order support, on-site construction observation, submittal review and approvals, and record drawings.