Blue Rock Delivers Upscale Cold Storage Facilities

Penske Logistics Center cold storage facility
Penske Logistics cold storage and warehouse facility in Logan Township, NJ

Penske Logistics provides logistics services to leading companies around the world. When Penske required a new cold storage facility on a tight schedule, they turned to the expertise of Blue Rock Construction.

Operating on an aggressive 10-week work schedule, Blue Rock delivered a 125,000-square-foot cold storage facility in Logan Township, NJ, to meet Penske’s needs.

Penske Logistics cold storage facilityPenske Logistics cold storage facility“Ten weeks to develop a 125,000-square-foot facility is pretty quick,” said Kevin Kelly, Blue Rock’s Senior Project Manager. “By working 12-hour shifts and Saturdays, Blue Rock delivered this project on schedule despite encountering some delay issues.”

As part of the LogistiCenter at Logan, this $1.8M design-build project includes an 86,300-square-foot warehouse, a 30,000-square-foot cold storage area, and an 8,500-square-foot office space dedicated to a front office with a shipping office in the back.

Within the warehouse, Blue Rock installed HVAC systems to include both cooling and heating, which is somewhat unusual for such a large warehouse.

“You don’t typically heat and cool large expansive warehouses, but they needed a cooling element in there,” said Kelly. “It’s an ambient temperature. Typically, they’re just freeze-protection warehouses where you’re not addressing any kind of hot temperatures in the summer. But they need to keep it temperature controlled in the summer and winter.”

Along with the HVAC systems, other features Blue Rock delivered include:

  • Upgrading 23 loading docks, including two cooling-system docks
  • Constructing an audiovisual conference room
  • Installing a rear mechanical pad to house new cold storage
  • Installing condensate drain lines for a refrigeration system
  • Modification to existing ESFR fire suppression system to include dry pendent heads and wet systems for office fit-outs
  • Obtaining permits and approvals required by various Logan Township agencies

Constant communication and real-time collaboration between Blue Rock and Penske Logistics, along with Clarion Construction of Walnut, CA, which handles cold storage and refrigeration items for Penske, was key to fast-tracking the project.

“It was a little unique, but everyone knows they have to be on the same team,” said Kelly. “The schedule was aggressive and we all held to it.”

This was Blue Rock’s first project with Penske Logistics, but certainly not its first premium cold storage facility. Other examples range from regional distributors to national supply chains, such as (click company name for more detailed info):

  • Trader Joe's cold storage facility
    Trader Joe’s processing and packaging facility in Nazareth, PA.

    Trader Joe’s: 132,000-square-foot facility with various unique cold storage environments

  • Freshpet: $5.3M, 65,000-square-foot renovation for refrigerated food and treats for dogs and cats
  • FoodSource: $2.1M, 55,000-square-foot facility with 36,950 square feet for cold storage, cold docks and repackaging areas
  • Genji: Converted an existing 4,600-square-foot warehouse into a freezer and cooler facility
  • Gretz Beer Company: $4.9M, 320,000-square-foot cold storage with a 172,600-square-foot temperature controlled warehouse and a 14,250-square-foot keg cooler.
  • Alacer Corp: $6.6M, 130,000-square-foot facility with temperature controlled areas
  • Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc. (CAPS): Strict temperature requirements for a 30,000-square-foot warehouse and cold storage facility.

Penske Logistics Company Overview

Penske Logistics is a subsidiary of Penske Truck Leasing. It has operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia; and employs over 9,000 employees. Penske Logistics specializes in inbound supply chain management, cross-docking, sequencing, dedicated contract carriage, distribution center management, transportation management, lead logistics and just-in-time support.

LogistiCenter at Logan Overview

Operated by Dermody Properties, LogistiCenter at Logan is a 1,100-acre, master-planned Class A business park planned for over 5.5 million square feet of warehouse, distribution, and manufacturing space. Located halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C., in the heart of the Northeast Transportation Corridor, LogistiCenter at Logan provides exceptional access to the U.S. Interstate system. This strategic location puts 40% of the total U.S. population and one of the world’s largest consumer markets within a one-day drive.

TMG Health Views Bright Future from New Office In Jessup, PA

TMG Health, Jessup, PA - New office and call center
TMG Health, Jessup, PA – New office and call center

TMG Health selected the team of VerusPartners and Blue Rock Construction to develop its 150,000-square-foot office and call center located in the Valley View Business Park in Jessup, Pa.

TMG Health, Jessup, PA - New office and call center
TMG Health, Jessup, PA, two-story lobby

The collective vision was to develop a building that was inviting, comfortable and attractive for TMG’s projected 1,000 employees. The project took full advantage of the site’s elevation that overlooks a beautiful mountain reservoir and the valley below.

TMG HealthTMG Health is the primary national provider for processing Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross/Blue Shield health-plan claims. Since TMG works with confidential medical records covered by the Health Insurance Portable and Accountability Act’s privacy code, employees and visitors are required to check-in through the secured lobby prior to entering the second and third floors.

The building’s first floor, which is dedicated to support services, includes a full-service kitchen, training rooms, data center, mail room and a spacious two-story lobby.

Dual Roles

Blue Rock served two roles for the completed development of the TMG Health project. First, as the design/builder of the core and shell for VerusPartners, and also as construction manager for TMG’s tenant fit-up.

With VerusPartners, a property development company based in Chicago, Blue Rock’s architectural design firm, Environetics, created a contemporary core-and-shell design that would effectively house TMG’s functional requirements.

The Palumbo Group, an interior design firm in Scranton, Pa., designed the building’s interior elements to be environmentally sensitive with natural materials that bring warmth to the space.

TMG Health, Jessup, PA - New office and call center
TMG Health, Jessup, PA – full-service cafeteria

The Personnel

TMG President Jack Tighe assigned four TMG employees to monitor construction progress. Tighe was a constant behind-the-scenes inspiration and is very pleased with the finished product.

“We had an aggressive schedule and felt that Blue Rock Construction did a great job”, said Tighe.

Jim Whitehead, Blue Rock Construction’s project manager, had the challenging responsibility of working with two design teams to create an integrated product. Whitehead also coordinated the transition of core and shell to tenant fit-up with both owners, VerusPartners and TMG Health, to ensure all requirements were satisfied as the building progressed.

On The Site

The site was delivered pad-ready by SLIBCO prior to the start of construction. Since the site is long, narrow and situated on the ridge of a hill, many elements had to be dealt with including high winds, freezing temperatures and rock.

A rock crusher was set up on site to pulverize stone to be used where needed. Once the rock was removed and the area flattened, placement was determined for the building to receive the most sunlight and provide the shortest walk from the parking lots for employees.

The construction phase started just before the winter months and was limited to nine months to meet TMG’s aggressive move-in schedule.

Architectural metal panels were used to speed the building enclosure during the coldest months of the year.

TMG Health, Jessup, PA - New office and call center
TMG Health in Jessup, PA

Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program

Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a state grant program for acquiring and constructing regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects with rigorous protocols for project management.

From the beginning of the project, RACP was involved with TMG, the Borough of Jessup and Blue Rock Construction.

Blue Rock Construction adhered to the strict requirements of the Pennsylvania RACP grant program that enabled available funding to complete the project on time.