A M King Expands ALDI’s Regional Distribution Facilities
A M King Construction, Charlotte, N.C., announced its newest project with long-time partner ALDI, Inc., Batavia, Ill.—an expansion to two of its regional distribution facilities in Webberville, Mich., and Saxonburg, Pa.
“ALDI relies on its regional distribution facilities to supply product to its more than 1,300 stores,” says Eric Fix, A M King’s project manager for the Webberville site. “We understand how important it is to help ALDI expand without impeding their ongoing operations, and this requires a significant level of planning and coordination. We must also provide accurate logistics and schedule management to maintain a proper separation between construction activities and any food products entering and exiting the facilities.”
The project teams for both Webberville and Saxonburg also anticipate certain challenges inherent in large and complicated projects, and have planned construction accordingly. This includes dealing with issues such as unsuitable soils, rigorous permitting and approval processes and harsh weather.
“In both locations, we are adding significant areas of dry warehouse and freezer space, renovating existing spaces and expanding parking areas,” says Carl Morse, A M King’s project manager for the Saxonburg site. “Applying a fully integrated design-build approach allows us to deliver these projects at the greatest value to our client. For example, both of these expansions are being built on difficult soils. Our engineering and construction teams, working together closely, developed innovative foundation designs, which mitigated potential schedule and cost impacts.”
Design for the Saxonburg expansion began in January, construction began in June and the scheduled completion date is May 2015. The expansion includes more than 44,000 square feet of new dry warehouse space and more than 61,000 square feet of new freezer space.
Design for the Webberville expansion commenced in May, with construction slated to be complete by June 2015. When complete, the facility will have added 60,000 square feet of cold storage space and 40,000 square feet of dry storage space.
“One of the highest compliments we can get from a client is repeat business,” Morse says. “We are thrilled about the relationship A M King continues to build with ALDI as their company grows, and we look forward to seeing these two major expansions to a highly successful completion.”
Earlier this year, A M King announced an expansion to ALDI’s storage and distribution facility in Olathe, Kan., and built a new distribution facility for ALDI in Royal Palm Beach, Fla.