Western Distribution Services (WDS) of Burien WA, along with Kidder Mathews (KM) of Seattle WA, Bridge Development Partners (BDP) of Chicago IL, and Tippmann Innovation (TI) of Fort Wayne IN, conducted a ribbon-cutting for an advanced, convertible refrigerated/freezer warehouse near Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport recently.
The ceremony, held at 1010 South 146th Street in Burien, is the culmination of a project that brought the four companies together to create a state-of-the-art facility to service the rising need for cold storage in the Seattle area.
WDS will operate the new facility, which was designed and constructed by Tippmann Innovation with Bridge Development serving as developer. The 241,140-square-foot facility will house 41,000 pallets with the versatility to operate a range of temperatures to accommodate products from fresh perishables to frozen foods.
The warehouse was built on a 15-acre site that came with its own set of challenges, including a sloping terrain. More than 100,000 cubic yards of soil was moved during construction. However, the close proximity to the airport provides a key advantage for WDS cold storage customers.
“This location is the equivalent of having seats on the 50-yard line at the Super Bowl,” said Brian Niven of Bridge Development. “It is at the center of a growing area with easy access to several transportation options, including land, sea and air. With today’s heavy emphasis on fresh products, this facility is perfectly positioned for quick distribution to just about anywhere in the country.”
Built to fit the needs of WDS, the new facility meets all their expectations—and then some.
“We have been looking for a cold storage solution for several years,” said John Naylor, WDS president. He said that once they were able to secure the land, WDS knew they wanted Tippmann to design and build the facility.
“This is not their first rodeo,” said Naylor. “They have the experience and expertise we needed. If I were going to build another cold storage facility, I would call them again.”
Dan Mathews of Kidder Mathews recalls how the project team was created.
“Kidder Mathews, Tippmann Innovation and Bridge Development were very compatible working as a team,” said Mathews. “We each recognized the other companies’ unique perspective and strengths. We all shared in the vision to make the needs of the customer the highest priority. Collectively, we were able to create the right solution for WDS and their customers.”
Tippmann Innovation worked with BDP and WDS to design a modern, efficient facility that has the capacity and the flexibility to provide refrigerated service as the needs arise.
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WDS operates top cold storage warehousing facilities in the Pacific Northwest and offers a breadth of services designed to protect customer assets, improve distribution efficiency and save money. Learn more at www.wdscold.com.