Sysco believes that building customer relationships requires time, effort and sincerity. Big-D is proud to have built a relationship with Sysco based upon those very principles.
For a giant supplier like Sysco Food Corporation, a warehouse is much more than four walls and a roof. When Sysco Houston needed to update its main warehouse facility, the company had a long list of needs. Big-D Construction was able to fulfill them.
The 567,000-square foot facility has many features:
- A 247,000-square foot dry goods warehouse with a 40-door loading dock
- A 240,000-square foot cold warehouse with a 40-door loading dock
- A 62,000-square foot, two-story office area that supports all operations of the facility, including offices and cubicles for sales, shipping, and invoicing personnel, a mail room, employee break rooms, vending areas, restrooms, and locker rooms
Most people wouldn’t expect some of the unique features Sysco wanted at this facility. For example, the facility has a Business Review Center that boasts full-service food preparation capabilities. The center includes a test kitchen where customers can observe demonstrations by a team of chefs, review products, and attend consultations from food industry experts. It also features a full-service dining facility, multi-purpose showrooms for product demonstrations, and meeting facilities to accommodate a large number of clients.
The Houston distribution center also includes a separate 15,000-square foot vehicle maintenance facility (VMF) that features a refueling station, four truck-mechanic bays, and a truck-wash bay. Because this facility will experience regular high-weight traffic, it uses heavy-concrete roads, aprons, and access ways to facilitate heavy-truck operations.
The 54-acre site incorporated a number of site improvements with seven acres of finished landscaping. Each of the warehouses included areas for future expansion, which are currently planted with native seed. The remaining acreage was paved in concrete pavement for the truck lot, employee parking, and access road ways. Site utilities included water lines, storm sewers, natural gas, primary electrical and communications systems. Integrated security features include access control via card readers, CCTV, a security monitoring room, standby diesel generators and Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to sensitive and important building areas.