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Project Freedman Meats Replacement Facility

Project Size

138,700 sq ft

Project Dates

11 months

Project Location

Houston, Texas

Project Description

The Freedman Meats plant includes facilities for beef processing (13,321 sq ft); poultry processing (9,177 sq ft); seafood and shellfish processing (13,167 sq ft); prepared foods (6,630 sq ft); cold storage and freezer (36,613 sq ft); warehouse and distribution; and office and administration space with a culinary display kitchen, locker rooms, and employee welfare facilities.

The warehouse production area has a 27-foot clear height. The production areas, view corridors, and access areas use “box-in-box” cooler construction with a 15-foot clear height insulated metal panel ceiling. The remaining areas use the full height of the structure with the facility envelope acting as the freezer/cooler insulation systems, complete with vapor barrier. The dry warehouse has a false ceiling installed to maintain the 30-foot maximum deck height for the ESFR sprinkler systems.

Production areas are cooled, conditioned and dehumidified with massive hygienic units. These areas are designed to be shut down daily for a six-hour window that will allow for a four-hour complete chemical/140-degree hot water wash-down, and then a two-hour process to dehumidify and re-establish the operating temperatures.

The 14-acre site includes employee and visitor parking, truck parking, and landscaping. The extensive site utilities include several unique systems, such as a 55,000-gallon water storage break tank that allows the fire sprinkler system to run without draining water from the surrounding water lines; utilities also include five different grease interceptors.