Refrigerated warehouses are essential for many food production facilities, as they keep food fresh. Building these facilities, however, is complex. Each stage of the project needs be assessed by agri-food construction experts. Before launching a project to outfit a refrigerated warehouse, agri-food facility owners need to assess available options and consult with a specialized general contractor. This type of project is much more complex than a regular warehouse and the financial investment is usually considerable.
When building a refrigerated warehouse, the first step is to establish the type of refrigeration required in the plant; warehouse temperatures can be above the freezing point or well above it. In general, colder warehouses require more expensive and specialized infrastructure.
Refrigerated Warehouses Kept Above the Freezing Point
This type of warehouse is also called a refrigerated warehouse. In its most simple form, an air conditioning system can be installed to maintain a constant temperature, even during the summer heat. Sometimes warehouse insulation will need to be upgraded, but the work may not be all that complex.
On the other hand, some refrigerated warehouses will require more specialized infrastructure. For factories relying on premises kept at refrigerator-like temperatures, the work will be more complicated. A general contractor will need to provide near-perfect insulation and a powerful refrigeration system. The goal is to maintain constant temperatures in the warehouse to keep food stored fresh.
Refrigerated Warehouses Kept Below the Freezing Point
Here, we are talking about frozen food warehouses. It is obviously much more complex to build this type of model, given that it requires specialized equipment and materials. Unsurprisingly, it also is much more expensive.
Food production facility owners can choose between several types of frozen food warehouses:
- Deep-Freezing Units
These are useful for facilities that need to freeze their products quickly. Smaller than most refrigerated warehouses, these deep freezers are often installed in a section of a larger warehouse. Foods are quickly frozen there before being stored elsewhere.
- Long-Term Freezers
Generally much larger than deep freezers, these allow food products to be stored for long periods of time.
- Distribution Center Freezers
These are, without a doubt, the freezers that require the most specialized infrastructure. Given the scale of products and people regularly entering and leaving the warehouse throughout the day, a distribution centre freezer will require a more powerful freezing capacity.
Building a refrigerated warehouse requires detailed planning if you hope to avoid encountering problems during the work. This type of facility requires a solid infrastructure, because refrigeration systems affect floors, roofs, walls, etc.
If you have a refrigerated warehouse construction project in mind, please contact us. Syscomax has years of experience in the agri-food construction industry. Our specialized professionals can support you throughout all stages of your project and provide valuable advice to ensure profitability.