Packing Facility & Cold Storage
Mountain States’ relationship with Washington Fruit started in 2009 with a small addition and renovation of their original office facility in Yakima. In 2012 Washington Fruit hired us to do a phased development of a 21acre facility, again in the City of Yakima. This would be the most updated apple packing and cold storage facility in Yakima County and would start a trend for all apple processors in Yakima County. Again, Mountain States took on this project as a whole working with the owner on land acquisition, budget estimation, City of Yakima planning and negotiations all the way through full design, permitting, construction up to completion and operation. A high level of department coordination was required from processing, palletizing and rack layout and design. The project was well planned and orchestrated from start to finish exceeding our delivery schedule. The development not only included the state-of-the-art packing facility but infrastructure layouts for future controlled atmosphere facilities.
Phase 1 consisted of a 206,000 sf Fruit Processing and Cold Storage Facility consisting of a combination of site case concrete tilt walls and pre-engineered structures. The interior was broken up into 3 cold pack fruit rooms, a raw bin fruit room, the packing and segregation area and a 15,000 sf upper mezzanine for box fabrication.
Within the next 3 years over 200,000 sf of concrete tilt up controlled atmosphere facilities were constructed. By 2013 Washington Fruit had decided to sell their current packing and cold storage facility and consolidate their whole operation onto another 43 acres of property directly north of the previous 21acre development. Again, Mountain States was fortunate enough to be asked back to help them develop the master plan for the new property. This master plan would include a new 70,000sf cherry packing and storage facility, 306,000sf 2nd packing and cold storage facility plus another 318,000 sf (approx) of controlled atmosphere facilities along with all of the overall site development including roads, utilities street improvements. Once more we worked closely with the City of Yakima to work through all the land use and SEPA requirements to get approval for the development and in 2014 began phase 1 of a long 5 year build out.
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