The Korte Company delivered a Design-Build 1,190,700 square foot Global Specialty Fulfillment (GSF) facility for Amazon in Hagerstown, Maryland. It was the first fully launched Grocery Distribution Center for Amazon and was designed to support their East Coast and Texas spokes.
The Design-Build project included an extensive interior and exterior renovation to accommodate Amazon’s new Cold Storage Hub Facility and Standard Fulfillment Center, and will serve as a prototype for future GSF Hub Facilities.
The scope of the work included selective demolition and new construction throughout and was completed on an active Amazon distribution site which required a well-planned, highly coordinated phased construction plan between The Korte Company and Amazon.
It incorporated a new 350,000 square foot refrigerated space designed to handle a variety of products from 55°F to -10°F, and features one of the largest carbon dioxide refrigeration systems in the world. The refrigerated spaces required insulated metal walls as well as insulated concrete floors. Steel framing was utilized to support the evaporators and insulated metal panel ceilings.
More than 60 rooftop mechanical units were lifted in place to provide cooling for the ambient warehouse space. The units also required reinforced steel framing. Additional electrical services and five full size generators were installed to provide full back-up power to the facility. The existing fire sprinkler system was upgraded to provide a dry pipe sprinkler system for the refrigerated spaces.
High speed fabric doors with embedded floor loops were installed to allow forklift access to refrigerated spaces with minimal temperature disturbance.
Improvements also included the design and construction of multiple break rooms, offices, training room, locker room, AmCare facility, trucker’s lounge, a Mother’s Room and a Multi-Faith space.