A food facility is more than just four walls and a roof that house a food processing operation. Food plants need to be designed and built with materials that promote a safe, hygienic environment for both employees and products. Our architects and designers have the experience to create a hygienic, cleanable, and durable food operation.
Food facility floors are under constant strain from physical abuse of heavy traffic, thermal shock from temperature variations between cleanup and operation, and chemical damage from harsh cleaning solutions. We understand how these conditions impact the durability and cleanability of flooring materials, and can provide guidance on options such as:
includes urethane concretes, epoxies, and vinyl ester
Freezer floor slabs are subject to heaving if not designed properly. Ice can also build up on freezer floors, making them slippery and hazardous. After understanding your facility needs, we can determine the heating system most appropriate (e.g. electric heat, pumped glycol, ventilation) to prevent freezer floor slabs from heaving and ice formation.
One method of protecting exposed products and processing equipment from the potential of overhead contamination is to use interstitial (attic) spaces for overhead utility piping, ductwork, and electrical conduits. The interstitial space should be designed with enough height to make it a walkable ceiling for maintenance and sanitation personnel to perform their duties on the utility systems.
However, height restrictions and limitations might prohibit certain interstitial space designs. We can mitigate this issue with suspended ceilings that have cleanable surfaces for sanitation crews.
Insulated metal panels (IMPs) and precast concrete are common exterior wall materials used in food plants. Metal siding may be employed for pre-engineered metal buildings. The use of architectural metal panels is more appropriate in office spaces of food plants.
Condensation occurs when facility and food processing materials have a surface temperature that is cooler than the dew-point temperature of the air contacting the material. Common issues that result in condensation are improper vapor barriers in insulated panel construction. For example, vapor can penetrate ceilings and walls through pinhole-size openings or due to unequal pressurization between rooms.
This differential vapor pressure can be significant, especially in the summer months. These holes should be sealed so vapor does not enter the room, thus preventing condensation when the vapor reaches the cold space.