McDonald’s Corporation

Multi Temperature Food Distribution Center
McDonald’s Guatemala City, Guatemala

Key Details
  • Construction Brick/Block dry & office with metal roof over all spaces; insulated metal panel walls & ceiling for refrigerated space
  • Freezer: 21,350 FT²  0⁰ – 5⁰ F
  • Cooler: 2,140 FT²  34⁰ – 38⁰ F
  • Cool Dock: 9,920 FT²  40⁰ F
  • Dry Storage: 17,325 FT²  Ambient
  • Material HDL.: 1,500 FT²  Ambient
  • Expansion: 22,570 FT²
  • Office(two floors): 11,544 FT²
  • Total footprint: 56,000 FT²
  • Clear Height: 35 FT
  • Dock
    • Cool dock – 11 dock positions and 4 future dock positions
    • Dry – 7 dock positions
  • Floor
    • Flatness – Super-flat shrink compensating wear slab
    • Freezer protection – ~25,000 FT²
  • Refrigeration
    • Gas – Freon
    • Equipment design – double compressor rack, one each for low and medium temperature
  • Storage
    • High Density – 4,378 pallet positions
    • Single pallet – 833 pallet positions
Project Scope: Refrigeration and storage system
Project Total Value: $2,922,173
Adjusted Value: $2,940,759
Change Order (1): $18,000
 
Schedule: Includes planning, procurement, and construction 
  • Building Commence & complete: 6/1/2009 – 8/30/2010
  • Refrigeration Commence & complete: 9/1/2009 – 8/13/2010
  • Storage system Commence & complete: 3/1/2010 – 8/13/2010
  • Delays: one two week delay for refrigeration equipment held at customs awaiting tax import payment & dray to job site from port.
 
Issues & Successes encountered:
  1. Building in Earthquake zone 6. 
    • Required additional engineering and signoff by independent engineers (all part of the RFP). 
    • Additional/stronger fastening for all refrigeration panel connections and storage system floor anchors.
    • Result: The facility has withstood two 6+ earthquakes recently without issue.
  2. Clear height of 36 ft. (40 ft. to roof line) and high piled storage required super flat floors
    • None of the US contractors would travel to Guatemala to construct this floor due to size
    • Located, tested and contracted a local contractor to install super flat floors
    • Result: The floors did not attain FF100, but were approximately of FF75
  3. Multi directional/sloped truck apron
    • Created issues with the truck seal against the building resulting in heat infiltration, problems unloading with material handling equipment on a wet aluminum truck bed floor and, truck apron storm water drainage
    • Extending the “flat” portion of the apron & changing the dock seal header curtain to accommodate different angles of the trailers. Installed a trench drain against the dock foundation wall for that portion of the apron that slopped toward the building.
    • Result: No issue with material handling equipment traction on refrigerated trailer bed, minimized heat infiltration and storm water was not an issue.
Client Reference: Federico Richter ● Project Development Manager ● Telephone: 011.502.5414 2997 ● E-mail: [email protected]
 
SCA Team Member: Jim Wueste ● 35 years of experience building distribution facilities