When Bridge Development of Chicago, IL planned to build an advanced, state-of-the-art, convertible refrigerated/freezer building near Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport, they turned to refrigerated facility construction specialists Tippmann Innovation (TI). Ground breaking on the ambitious 241,140 square-foot building took place in August at the facility’s location in Burien, Washington. Western Distribution Services (WDS) of Renton, WA will operate the facility.

“We leveraged Tippmann Innovation’s distinctive knowledge base in developing this building. They helped us with all the design details optimized for the scale of what we wanted. Their experience with cold storage is beyond that of a regular contractor. They are a high-touch company that facilitates every aspect of a project,” says Steve Poulos, president of Bridge Development.

WDS searched for four years, finally securing the 14-acre site to accommodate the scale of the facility they planned to build. The building is unique on multiple levels and presents several design and engineering challenges. WDS wanted a versatile building that is fully convertible and can be used as a freezer or cooler. The building will be able to manage a range of temperatures, from 40 degrees F to -10 degrees F, accommodating everything from meat and produce to frozen foods.

“We’re honored to have the opportunity to help companies like Bridge Development and Western Distribution Services meet their unique challenges. Every project is different; there is no standard playbook or template that can be used to develop cold storage buildings. We like to feel that each project builds on the last and helps us push the envelope of what’s possible just a little further,” says Rob Adams, Principal, Tippmann Innovation.

“This is a high-profile, precedent-setting project. The building will become an anchor for Burien and the greater Seattle market, and it marks a big step in growing the food business and jobs in this part of Washington,” says John Naylor of Western Distribution.

Tippmann Innovation is a specialty commercial and industrial cold storage contractor that develops buildings around a business plan, ensuring that an investment becomes a profit center. TI uses time-honed expertise and advanced technology solutions to create efficient buildings that scale with a business and are designed to maximize profitability through fully integrating operations and supply chain. TI provides a full suite of cold storage construction services, including quick freeze, blast freezing, master site planning, and operations and maintenance guidance. TI’s innovations include the patented QuickFreeze in-rack freezing system for blast freezing, QuickTemper in-rack tempering system, and T2 spacer system. TI has offices in Indiana, Illinois and Florida and operates internationally. For more information, visit www.ticold.com.