A M King, Charlotte, N.C., completed a sizeable expansion and renovation to ALDI’s 500,000-square-foot food distribution facility in South Windsor, Conn.

The renovation to the 100-acre lot, which was first announced in 2017, brings the total to 670,000 square feet, and makes way for additional cold storage and dry warehouse space.

The perishable expansion phase – completed in September 2018 -- added 70,000 square feet of cold storage space and included a 105,000-square-foot renovation of existing perishable space. In addition, A M King coordinated the truck apron expansion for trailer parking and installed a Quell fire suppression system, variable frequency drives on equipment and a white PVC roof.

In the recently completed Phase 2, A M King extended the dry warehouse space by 100,000 square foot with 32-foot clear racking, constructed high-end dock equipment that supports eight new dock doors and expanded the truck apron to allow for improved on-site traffic flow.

The final phase involved interior renovation to offices and employee welfare areas, development of two new parking lots, cut-ins for five new dock locations, an expanded and fully-renovated break room and a 33% increase in equipment battery charging capabilities.

During the course of the phased project, A M King coordinated a facility-wide photovoltaic solar expansion (and gave structural capacity for a future renewable energy system) and LED retrofit, as well as installation of a 1,750-kW generator and a 285,000-gallon fire water tank. Shrewd planning transformed excess top soils into on-site wildlife habitats.

“The scope of this expansion and renovation project was extensive,” says Carl Morse, senior project manager for A M King. “We quickly and successfully adjusted construction plans to meet owner needs and help the company maintain operations.”