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Rich Products Distribution Center

2015 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Warehouse/Distribution Division

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This project is a new state-of-the-art production and distribution facility for the delicious portfolio of frozen cakes and pastries from Rich Products Corporation (RPC). The building was designed to include the latest in USDA food and health safety regulations.

The 192,000 square-foot building consolidated two production facilities relocated from New Jersey and California. Baking production, product packaging, frozen storage and employee training are all housed under a single roof. Rich's goal was to streamline their workflow to maximize production and distribution.

Construction began in 2013 on a 20-acre tract of land in the Lakeview Business Park, in Missouri City, Texas with production beginning 8 months after groundbreaking. The greatest challenge of this project was the accelerated construction schedule due to the fixed dates of the two plant closures. During the design process, RPC determined that a larger freezer warehouse was needed. Rather than increase the building footprint, the clear height of the freezer warehouse portion was raised to allow for taller racking and more storage capacity. The freezer warehouse was isolated from the main building, essentially creating a box within a box. This allowed the freezer's steel structure and floor slab to expand independently, due to the low temperatures from the main building.

Tilt-up construction was selected in order to reach the building Dry-in period quickly and begin work on the complex internal components of the building. Due to the large areas of under-floor slab freeze protection and the multitude of sloped floor drains, the traditional construction method of casting wall panels on the floor slab was not an option. Cadence McShane, utilized casting beds along the building pad's perimeter to begin formwork, concrete placement and panel erection. Vice President, Dan Delforge of Cadence McShane stated, "The use of over 90,000-square-feet of casting beds on this project was critical to getting the building structure and walls up within 3 months. Ten weeks after the project began, the tilt-wall panels were already being set in place even as the last of the floor slab placement was continuing." Once Dry-in was reached, a small army of subcontractors began the interior construction of the insulated wall panels and installation of complex network of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
92,724 sq ft
(8,614 sq m)
Project Floor Area
192,232 sq ft
(17,858 sq m)
Project Footprint
184,116 sq ft
(17,104 sq m)
Tallest Panel
49 ft 6 in
(15.09 m)
Widest Panel
26 ft 7 in
(8.11 m)
Largest Panel
1,103 sq ft
(102.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
116,300 lbs
(52,753 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
25 ft 10 in
(7.87 m)

Participating TCA Members

Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Form release
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
Cadence McShane Construction
General contractor
Keystone Concrete Placement
Tilt-up contractor
Bihner Chen Engineering Ltd
Project engineer

About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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