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Maple Leaf Foods Refrigerated Distribution Centre

Client Information

  • Name: Maple Leaf Foods

Project Information

  • Location: Puslinch, ON
  • Delivery Method: Design-Build
  • Sector: Industrial
  • Sub Sector: Food, Warehouse
  • Status: Completed
  • Start Date: September 2012
  • Completion Date: June 2013
  • Size: 282,000 square feet
  • Leed: GOLD

Awards

2013 – NAIOP Real Estate Excellence Award (Industrial Development of the Year)

Overview

This LEED Gold, Design-Build/Lease Back project is located on a 24 acre site in Puslinch, Ontario. The facility is 282,000 square feet and combines ambient, refrigerated and frozen products into one facility.

This Distribution Centre consists of:

>  88,000 square foot freezer where temperatures are kept at a consistent – 18⁰ Celsius,

>  153,000 square foot refrigerated area for fresh products,

>  24,500 square foot ambient area,

>  10,000 square foot laboratory area for product testing, and

>  6,000 square foot office and service area housing staff who oversee the facility.

These areas were designed around the vast majority of products handled here and the volumes required for various clients, from here to the Eastern seaboard of Canada.

State-of-the-art racking systems are incorporated into the 40 foot clear height, creating 32,000 pallet positions and room for over 200 SKUs, maximizing its use for the various size of orders from the high volume right down to the small mixed orders.

The 38 loading dock doors were designed to prevent as much air leakage as possible to prevent the loss of refrigerated air both from within the building and the refrigerated trucks.

The Maple Leaf Distribution Centre is built to a LEED Gold standard. Its design and construction, including the materials and products used in its construction are environmentally friendly reducing the facility’s operating costs and carbon footprint. The use of LED lighting in the Maple Leaf Distribution Centre is a first in a facility like this in Canada where the temperatures are maintained at such low levels.

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