RLS Logistics Industrial Freezer Building
Start Date: December 2013
End Date: July 2014
Client: RLS Logistics
Architect: Manders Merighi Portadin Farrell Architects LLC
Building Size: 41,800 sq. ft.
Construction: Butler® Metal Building
Industrial Freezer Building
This 41,800 SF state-of-the-art freezer in Vineland, NJ, was constructed for tenant RLS Logistics. RLS stores and ships frozen foods to customers nationwhide and had outgrown its existing warehouse space.
Completed in July 2014, the building includes 34,000 SF of freezer storage and a 7,800 SF loading dock, with 1,100 SF of office space inside the loading dock. The warehouse has heated floors to keep the concrete from buckling in the zero-degree atmostphere. Using a warm slab below the insulation keeps the ground from freezing but does not let warmth seep into the building.
Stanker & Galetto found it to be most economical to build vertically and designed the building with an eave height of 53′. The rack storage tops out at 49′-1″ and includes six vertical pallet positions, taking advantage of the latest material handling equipment and to reduce energy consumption.
– Butler pre-engineered structural steel main frames, bracing, and secondaries. Butler also supplied the galvanized roof deck.
– Metl-Span insulated metal panel walls around the freezer and loading dock. The longest panels were 55′ in length.
– Fast-acting 4″ thick bi-parting freezer doors with an R-30 rating and an opening speed of 96″ per second were used as entry to the freezer.
– The sub-floor heating system to keep the ground underneath the building from freezing uses waste heat reclaimed from the refrigeration system. This is “free” heat and offers a significant operational savings compared to similar electric heating systems.