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Cheney Brothers, Inc. Cold Storage Distribution Center Expansion: A Success Story


Recipient of ABC Excellence In Construction Eagle Award and nominated for ABC Project of the Year

“It was an easy choice to select A M King to build this facility, considering all their experience with cold storage and food distribution.”

Warren Newell
Director of Development, Cheney Brothers, Inc.

Innovative Turnover Strategy Resulted in Early Revenue Generation

Cheney Brothers Inc. (CBI), a Southeastbased food distributor, wanted to expand its refrigeration capabilities in North Carolina and continue its northward growth path. Swift owner occupancy of the 169,090 sf cold storage addition in Statesville was critical for establishing regional operations. A M King helped the client determine the essential turnover areas to maximize revenue and sequenced construction with those milestones in mind. Despite significant weather delays, our team maintained an aggressive schedule and was able to phase in tenancy of each portion of the warehouse as it was complete instead of waiting for conclusion of the entire project. This smart strategy allowed A M King to deliver the new freezer area early, giving the Owner complete use of 55% of the new expansion nearly five months sooner than expected. The cooler zones were turned over just two weeks later, allowing the Owner to capitalize on 100% of the new cold storage facility and immediately boost CBI’s return on investment.

Design-Build Team Offered Cost-Effective Master Planning Solutions

Our fully integrated in-house Design-Build team worked
with the client, property developer and local jurisdiction
to consider long-term master planning options during
the design phase of this project. Because the future
building expansion would be on the north side of the
existing building, the new site utilities were designed and
constructed so there would be no utility relocation once
future construction began. This ensured facility operations
would not be disrupted. Bypassing utilities
rework and costs associated with relocation will save
CBI nearly $300,000. Also included in this internal analysis
is a cost-effective solution for a future employee parking
lot. Employment of the Design-Build delivery method
created a collaborative environment through the life of the
project, facilitated efficient and informative responses to
Owner inquiries, and afforded us the ability to meet fasttracked schedules.

Safe Solutions Employed in an Occupied Facility Ensured No Disruptions

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