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Project Leprino Foods Whey and Cheese Plant

Project Size

750,000 sq ft

Project Dates

27 months

Project Location

351 N. Belle Haven Dr. Lemoore, CA

The Lemoore West Production Plant is the size of 11 football fields and contains over 640,000 sq ft of cheese-making capability.

Project Description

Leprino selected Big-D Construction to provide site development and building construction for their new state-of-the-art mozzarella processing and distribution plant in Lemoore, California. The new plant, known as Lemoore West, is approximately one mile from their existing plant. The 750,000-square-foot Lemoore West plant is designed to receive and process 6 million pounds of “Grade A” milk per day into approximately 600,000 pounds of mozzarella cheese and value-added whey products at initial operations.

Site work on the 61-acre site included grading, site utilities, facility roads, fencing, an on-site process wastewater treatment plant and off-site street development and included the piping of process waste to and from the existing Leprino plant and also to an off-site city treatment plant.

Areas of the building included milk receiving, refrigeration engine rooms, cheese processing, cheese making, cold storage and whey processing areas, whey evaporator/dryer bin, whey warehouse, offices and storage. Construction materials included concrete footings and foundations and concrete tilt-up exterior walls throughout the plant. A unique feature of the facility is the “utilidor,” a two-story corridor throughout the plant housing all utility and process pipe main runs.

The process areas feature a suspended walk-on ceiling constructed of insulated metal panels, directly accessible from the utilidor for maintenance from the second level.