When a confidential pet food company was considering numerous improvements to an existing plant located in Pennsylvania, they called on the SSOE team to make things happen. The 16 specific scope elements initially identified included demolition, relocation, and new construction of process and infrastructure. Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) played a critical role throughout the project approach, and laser scanning was integral in capturing existing conditions.
Due to the physical constraints of the existing facility, there were dependencies between the scope elements, which required a strategic project execution plan for phased, incremental expansion of various production activities. One of the key challenges for this project was locating reasonably accurate reference information, some of which related to work performed and equipment installed over 50 years earlier.
SSOE prepared a FEL I type of package to provide concept level engineering design and cost estimating assistance in conjunction with a construction partner, Alberici, for design / build project delivery. The scope included the demolition of a 10,000 SF existing employee services building; construction of a new 20,000 SF meat batching facility; addition of a micros and minors production cell into an existing area; construction of 2 building additions for bright stack storage; construction of a new employee services facility; addition of new employee surface parking; 10,000 SF expansion of an existing can operations area; construction of a new substation / motor control center; installation of a higher capacity potable water well pump and construction of additional clear well capacity; increase in secondary clarifier / sand filter capacity; creation of a 10,000 SF warehouse space by demolishing unused electrical equipment; and implementation of odor control for an existing primary wastewater facility.