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THE PROJECT
Greencore, located in Seattle, Washington is an international manufacturer of convenience foods. With the explosive growth of the convenience food market worldwide, Greencore entered the U.S. market in 2008, producing sandwiches and food-to-go products for convenience stores and food service outlets across the US. Sites.  With offices and plants in Rhode Island, Brockton (MA), Fredericksburg (VA), Salt Lake City (UT), Chicago(IL), Jacksonville (FL) and Minneapolis (MN), Geencore continued its strategic growth by constructing a new Distribution Center and Production Facility in Seattle, WA.

A local St. Louis design-build mechanical company was contracted for the project and due to the price of traditional stainless steel and externally wrapped duct wanted a more cost-effective solution. As such, RF Meeh was brought into the project to fabricate and manage installation of  it’s Koolduct® product.

THE APPROACH
RF Meeh, determined that utilizing SMACNA approved R8 Koolduct® with an FDA approved specialty cladding and stainless steel hardware would would meet the FDA’s regulatons, as well as the owners temperature and “zero air leakage”concens.   Additionally, on this project, there was the geographic challenge of product delivery and 
inexperience challenge of product installation.  It was determined that RF Meeh would travel to Seattle and train the local mechanical contractor’s field crew on proper installation once product arrived on-site as well as oversee workmanship.  

Additionally, RF Meeh proposed sending fully assembled duct to the jobsite to improve the installation and production schedule as well a reduce jobsite clutter, inherently improving the safety conditions on site.

THE WORK
RF Meeh utilized computer generated 3D drawings from the design-build mechanical contractor to fabricate and ship 85% of the 4,000 square feet of 44”x 44” square duct.  

Training and installation ensured proper field measuring by the local mechanical contractor for the remaining 15% of ductwork.  Additonally, the project required connecting to a Munter’s unit on the roof which ensured the FDA’s temperature requirement of 32 degrees.