Warehouse Expansion

Housing and Food Services Building Project Garners Award

Penn State's Housing and Food Services Building project has received a first place award from the Central PA Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. 2016 Excellence in Construction Awards Program. The award, in the category of General Construction - Restoration/Renovation, recognizes excellence in the recent renovation and expansion of the Food Services Building, located at the north end of the University Park Campus.

Kinsley Construction was the contractor for expansion and renovation of the building, which includes Penn State's Housing and Food Services warehouse and bakery. About 44,500 square feet of the 94,000-square-foot building was renovated and about 25,000 square feet were added with the expansion.

Completed earlier this year, the project included the addition of a new 22,000-square-foot freezer, a 9,000-square-foot cooler, and a refrigerated dock. The bakery saw significant expansion and improvements to its production area. Also included in the project were renovations of various storage areas and office spaces, new HVAC and refrigeration systems, and a 2-megawatt emergency generator for backup power.

"This project has exceeded our expectations in terms of the positive impact it will have on efficiencies, productivity, and processes," says Gail Hurley, associate vice president for Auxiliary & Business Services. "For example, the expanded warehouse space will allow us to purchase in greater bulk as well as buy and store when market prices are at their lowest, thereby reducing costs.

"My heartiest congratulations to the team on designing, phasing, and completing this complex renovation and expansion project with minimal disruption to day-to-day operations. The outcome is extraordinary, as evidenced by this award."

The award was presented at a banquet on October 4, held at Mountain View Country Club in Boalsburg. As a competition winner, the project is eligible to enter the ABC National 2016 Excellence in Construction Awards program.