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United States Cold Storage
United Insulated Structures
Lowell, IN
260,000 sf

With its proximity to Chicago, a hub for the food industry in the Midwest, this 260,000 sf design build cold storage facility is ideally located to serve clients across the region. Constructed on former farmland, the facility features a high rise freezer, 43,000 pallet positions including 35,600 positions serviced by a semi-automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) and associated office space. The insulated metal panels were self-performed. 

Schedule & Logistics: The complex automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) racking system and automation takes over a year to install and will not be operable when construction is complete. By installing a temporary wall separating the installation from the rest of the facility, dock operations were able to be maintained in the VNA freezer prior to the ASRS completion.

Virtual Reality: Utilizing virtual reality technology, our design team was able to walk the client through the project during early design phases to finalize options. This not only allowed the client a visual of their space before the construction started but also facilitated timely decision-making saving both time and money.