WinCo Foods, a grocery chain based in Boise, Idaho constructed an
862,711-square-foot cold storage warehouse and distribution center
in Phoenix, Arizona. Ground breaking for this project took place in
May 2013, building the largest food distribution center in the state
of Arizona to date. It gives WinCo Foods, which stands for Winning
Company, a more economically favorable way to serve its stores in
Arizona, Southern California and Southern Nevada.
LTI Contracting, a recognized leader in cold storage construction
since 1958, has completed thousands of cold storage facilities. Its
staff is skilled in the processes needed to construct a thermally
efficient energy-saving cold storage building. Such facilities are
critical for WinCo Foods’ success as it continues to experience
strong growth in the very competitive grocery market. LTI
installed Kingspan insulated metal panels (IMPs) to form the
exterior envelope and all interior partition walls for the WinCo
Foods Cold Storage Distribution Center. Kingspan IMPs were also
specified for an industrial-size freezer, several coolers, the dry
goods warehouse, and the facility’s Truck Maintenance area.
ESI Design Group created a building plan that involved a driven
streamlined construction schedule with no margins for error.
Their construction management team worked closely with
all subcontractors and their venders to create an organized
communication loop. The entire approval and construction
process from shop drawings, material approvals, scheduling,
and building installation operated seamlessly. The construction
schedule, from start to owner occupancy, was just 12 months long.
Kingspan 200 Inverted Rib Series 3”, 4”, and 5” insulated metal
panels were specified for the building’s exterior wall package.
Approximately 345,000 square feet of Kingspan 300 Minor Rib
Series 3”, 4”, and 5” IMPs were installed to form the interior
partition and liner walls. Over 167,000 square feet of KS42 – MF™
was specified to meet building code compliance requirements for
a two-hour rated assembly partition wall. This particular insulated
metal panel, made from a mineral wool core bonded with metal
facings, is recommended for fire-rated wall applications. As an
added benefit, Kingspan insulated metal panels have a great
look that increases a building’s aesthetic appeal. Hercules® Cold
Storage Doors, manufactured by Kingspan, were also installed
by LTI Contracting for the cold storage door applications at the
WinCo Cold Storage Distribution Center.
All Kingspan insulated panels made for a cold storage wall system are
flexible in design, can be applied to multiple building applications, and
are available in varying thicknesses. The panels provide high R-value
thermal performance, superior airtightness, and low thermal bridging.
The results are potential energy cost savings of as much as 30% over
traditional multi part built-up systems. All Kingspan cold storage wall
panels are extensively tested for compliance with various industry
standards and building safety codes.
Kevin Sherman, project manager for LTI, gave several reasons for
choosing and using Kingspan products. “During the bidding process,
Kingspan stayed involved with product and pricing options,” said
Sherman. “Their product price point was also very competitive with
the market comps.” He also noted the product quality assurance
offered by Kingspan to the project team. Kingspan arranged for LTI
Contracting to meet the management group with a Q&A conference to
review past and present projects.
One of the primary benefits of using Kingspan IMPs is that installation
can occur faster than with typical multi-part cladding systems.
“Kingspan offered a good business plan to assist the LTI Team with a
solid project method,” said Sherman. “That helped us to keep on point
and meet the Client’s fast track schedule.” Day to day work also flowed
easier because Kingspan provided a single point of contact, an assigned
representative who had accountability and authority to work within the
project’s network of managers. That was not only reassuring but was also
very helpful as LTI moved successfully through all the step-by-step phases
involved in such a large order construction project.
LTI was impressed that Kingspan committed to a ten-w
fabrication and delivery schedule that included manufacturing and shipping
a total order of 512,866 square feet of product. It took 91 semi truckloads,
each delivering an average weekly load of 51,280 square feet of Kingspan
product to the project site to complete the order. “Our decision to align
with Kingspan as the WinCo IMP product vender proved to be the right
choice,” said Sherman. “We are very thankful for the service we received
from all the personnel involved at Kingspan.”
In closing, LTI representatives said the Kingspan 200 and 300 Series
panels, and Hercules Cold Storage Doors will likely be strong product lines
in the Commercial Cold Storage market for many years to come. To learn
more about the complete line of Kingspan cold storage products, visit www.