American Snuff, LLC called upon SSOE to provide a project solution for their new tobacco product manufacturing, warehousing, and packaging facility in Memphis, Tennessee. As part of the conceptual design effort, SSOE accompanied American Snuff on walkthroughs of several vacant buildings being considered for the new plant. Based on their observations, SSOE recommended building which would best meet American Snuff’s needs and budget.
SSOE developed and implemented a plan to renovate and reconfigure an existing distribution center to a food grade production and packaging facility and satisfy new FDA regulations for the tobacco industry. The renovation also created spaces for various staff offices, maintenance areas, a developmental lab, a pilot plant, and a new entrance / lobby. SSOE provided structural, civil, fire protection, construction management, project planning, procurement, cost control, HVAC, electrical, commissioning, monitoring and reporting, and scheduling services. A building management system, communications, security, and information technology systems were also part of the project scope.
Environmentally friendly practices were implemented including recycling 60,000 cubic feet of concrete and 50 tons of steel, reuse of excavated soil for backfill, and implementation of LEED® certification prerequisites. Modifications to the building added daylighting and use of energy efficient materials.