Burlington, WA, October 19, 2010 – VersaCold Logistics' 197,836 sq. ft. cold storage facility in Tacoma, WA was named 2010 Best Industrial project by McGraw Hill / Northwest Construction Magazine. Designed and built by Fisher & Sons, the recently completed project was recognized for construction and design excellence in the three-state region of Washington, Oregon and Alaska.
"The jury considered a variety of criteria for each project, from teamwork and safety to innovation and aesthetics," said Scott Blair, senior editor of Northwest Construction. The judges were impressed by both the variety and quality of this year's entries.
Built to meet a critical need for cold storage warehouse space in the south Puget Sound area, the project was an amazing orchestration of teamwork in all aspects of the project from permitting to site work, from design to construction. Starting in mid-November of 2009, the facility began taking in product an amazing 250 days after site work began.
Beyond the cost of construction, the greatest ongoing investment for a cold storage facility is energy. Using Revit, a 3-D building modeling program (BIM), FSI Architects and PSM Engineers worked with Tacoma Power and Cascade Engineering to simulate the energy life-cycle of the building from construction through facility operation. Through multiple energy saving technologies built into the facility, VersaCold's energy consumption was reduced and the company qualified for $825,000 in energy credits, paid through Tacoma Power's energy incentives program.
The project was designed by FSI Architects and built by Fisher & Sons, both divisions of Fisher Companies, Inc., based in Burlington, Washington.