Multi Temperature Food Distribution Center
McDonald's Guatemala City, Guatemala
- Construction Brick/Block dry & office with metal roof over all spaces; insulated metal panel walls & ceiling for refrigerated space
- Freezer 21,350 FT² 0⁰ - 5⁰ F
- Cooler 2,140 FT² 34⁰ - 38⁰ F
- Cool Dock 9,920 FT² 40⁰ F
- Dry Storage 17,325 FT² Ambient
- Material HDL. 1,500 FT² Ambient
- Expansion 22,570 FT²
- Office(two floors) 11,544 FT²
- Total footprint 56,000 FT²
- Clear Height 35 FT
- Cool dock – 11 dock positions and 4 future dock positions
- Dry – 7 dock positions
- Flatness – Super-flat shrink compensating wear slab
- Freezer protection - ~25,000 FT²
- Gas – Freon
- Equipment design – double compressor rack, one each for low and medium temperature
- High Density – 4,378 pallet positions
- Single pallet – 833 pallet positions
Project Scope: Refrigeration and storage system
Project Total Value: $2,922,173
Adjusted Value: $2,940,759
Change Order (1): $18,000
Schedule: Includes planning, procurement, and construction
- Building Commence & complete: 6/1/2009 - 8/30/2010
- Refrigeration Commence & complete: 9/1/2009 – 8/13/2010
- Storage system Commence & complete: 3/1/2010 – 8/13/2010
- Delays: one two week delay for refrigeration equipment held at customs awaiting tax import payment & dray to job site from port.
Issues & Successes encountered:
- Building in Earthquake zone 6.
Clear height of 36 ft. (40 ft. to roof line) and high piled storage required super flat floors
- Required additional engineering and signoff by independent engineers (all part of the RFP).
- Additional/stronger fastening for all refrigeration panel connections and storage system floor anchors.
- Result: The facility has withstood two 6+ earthquakes recently without issue.
Multi directional/sloped truck apron
- None of the US contractors would travel to Guatemala to construct this floor due to size
- Located, tested and contracted a local contractor to install super flat floors
- Result: The floors did not attain FF100, but were approximately of FF75
- Created issues with the truck seal against the building resulting in heat infiltration, problems unloading with material handling equipment on a wet aluminum truck bed floor and, truck apron storm water drainage
- Extending the “flat” portion of the apron & changing the dock seal header curtain to accommodate different angles of the trailers. Installed a trench drain against the dock foundation wall for that portion of the apron that slopped toward the building.
- Result: No issue with material handling equipment traction on refrigerated trailer bed, minimized heat infiltration and storm water was not an issue.
Federico Richter ● Project Development Manager ● Telephone: 011.502.5414 2997 ● E-mail: Federico.Richter@mcd.com.gt
SCA Team Member:
Jim Wueste ● 35 years of experience building distribution facilities