Fisher Construction Group was named the winner of the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA) Built by the Best Award for its project with NewCold in Tacoma WA. The award was given during a general session at the recent 38th CEBA Conference & Expo, hosted by the Controlled Environment Building Association, a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).
The project is NewCold’s first cold storage facility in the United States and only the second low-oxygen, high-bay freezer in the nation. It serves multiple customers and delivers safe, sustainable, traceable, cold chain solutions designed for end-to-end efficiency and value.
“We are very excited to have our first facility in the United States recognized for its innovation and complexity,” said Jonas Swarttouw, US country manager, NewCold. “Fisher was fantastic to work with along the way. They approached the project with a great amount of expertise and enthusiasm to explore the latest technology and building trends that would help make our facility one of the best in the country.”
The 2018 winning project, NewCold Tacoma, features a state-of-the-art freezer system and a strictly controlled system, where oxygen is reduced to 16.5% saturation. It will provide efficient customer service, with time from receipt of product to storage under 20 minutes. Picking of a product to loading will be done in the same amount of time—which is nearly three times the efficiency of a normal cold storage facility. NewCold Tacoma is one of the largest in the United States, containing 103,000 pallet positions.
Built by the Best Award 2018 finalist Primus Builders Inc also presented at the CEBA Conference & Expo for its new construction with food redistributor Dot Foods in Bullhead AZ. Dot Foods offers 112,000 products and delivers to all 50 states. When it came time to expand offerings in the Southwest, Dot selected Primus to provide turn-key design and construction services on its new, greenfield facility in Arizona. The project came with a unique set of challenges due to its desert location with extreme heat, winds and challenging topography. Nevertheless, Primus completed the project within budget, schedule and in compliance with Dot’s safety and quality standards.
The submission process for the 2019 CEBA Built by the Best Award will open in spring 2019.
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