Collectively, The Hershey Company and The Korte Company have worked on a number of projects, including the 1.1 million square foot Hershey Midwest Distribution Center in Illinois as well as its subsequent 300,000 square foot addition a few years later.
The newest food grade facility resides on a 213-acre site just outside of Hershey, Pennsylvania and measures 819,200 square feet. The bulk of the Design-Build Agile Fulfillment Center’s square footage (783,200 square feet) is dedicated to process and storage operations. The two-story office space areas comprises the remaining 36,000 square feet.
Because of the ambient sensitivity of chocolate, process and storage areas are designed to maintain a constant temperature of 60 degrees and a maximum relative humidity of 50%. Additionally, the facility is protected with an emergency backup generator designed for 36 hours of facility operation.
The process and storage area also features a clear height of 39 feet and includes several mezzanines for parts storage, electrical substations and equipment processes. Type K shrinkage compensating concrete was used for the floor slab to maximize the quality and lifespan of the floor without the need for control joints.
The facility is Energy Star Certified and includes a lithium-ion forklift charging station, 200,000 gallon fire water tank and pump house building, ESFR (Early Suppression Fast Response) fire sprinkler system with In-Rack sprinklers in the process and storage areas.
A welcome center with a large canopy covering two inbound and outbound lanes of truck traffic as well as a free-standing guard house with turnstile gates for employee and visitor access were also included in the scope of work.