Groundbreaking for Bridge Development Partners’ 241,140-square-foot convertible refrigerated/freezer warehouse northeast of Seattle-Tacoma Airport in Burien, Washington, took place on August 31. Design and construction of the facility, which will be operated by Western Distribution Services (WDS), is under the direction of Fort Wayne, Indiana-headquartered Tippmann Innovation (TI).
“We were able to leverage Tippmann’s distinctive knowledge base in developing this building. They helped us with all the design details optimized for the scale of what we wanted. Their experience with cold storage is well beyond that of a regular contractor. They are a high touch company that facilitates every aspect of a project,” said Steve Poulos, president of Chicago, Illinois-headquartered Bridge Development Partners.
WDS wanted a versatile warehouse that is fully convertible and can be utilized as a freezer or cooler. Situated on a 14-acre site, the facility will be able to manage a wide range of temperatures, from -10°F to +40°F, accommodating products including value added frozen food, refrigerated meat, produce and other items.
Tippmann Innovation provides a full range of cold storage construction services ranging from quick freezing and blast freezing to master site planning, operations and maintenance guidance. Its innovations include the patented QuickFreeze in-rack blast freezing system, QuickTemper in-rack tempering system, and T2 spacer system.
Bridge Development Partners, which is one of the largest owners of cold storage and refrigerated facilities in the Chicago area, is a privately owned firm focused on the development and acquisition of industrial and office real estate across the USA. Since its inception in 2000, the company has acquired and developed more than 16 million square feet of buildings/projects valued at more than $1.7 billion.