Northwest Arkansas Food Bank
HFA developed multiple space planning diagrams to establish options for building configurations for a new 80,000 sq ft. food distribution, office and community center facility that includes refrigerated dock and cold storage operations. HFA architects and engineering team toured other food bank projects in Texas to assess future needs of the NWA Food Bank in conjunction with planning goals and objectives. The project team used SiteOps to analyze a number of site location options to determine the most optimum site and site development costs.
What started out with $30, a lard bucket full of tire weights and an idea in the early 1960’s has now transformed into the company today known as Arkie Lures Inc.. Founded by Bob Carnes, Arkie Lures soon revolutionized the Bass Jig market into what it is today. For over 50 years, Arkie Lures was housed in a facility just as old. The business recently moved into an up-to-date, modern facility with high design and functionality. This 45,000 square foot, pre-engineered structure houses the corporate offices for Arkie Lures as well as a storage mezzanine, production area, warehouse and distribution capabilities. Attention to detail and intended use was our design directive which was achieved by taking advantage of every square inch as well as using the large front façade as a “billboard” for company signage.
The warehouse has 178 dock doors for shipping and receiving included 9 devoted to smaller delivery trucks. At the entrance side of the warehouse is an office, administration, training, conference, cafeteria and kitchen area of over 37,500 square feet. Ancillary buildings include truck maintenance, pallet and wrapping storage, fueling, truck scales, a separate hazardous storage enclosure. Due to the location, the facility will provide on-site utilities including storm sewer, sanitary sewer, fire protection water, domestic water, potable water with associated storage tanks and pump stations and an on-site electrical substation with a 10MW emergency plant capable of supporting the entire site in the event of a power outage.
Utility systems design project that started in Fall of 2018 that was split into two phases. Phase one: product line expansion for an added a pasteurizer to accommodate new product distribution. Phase two: system design expansions adding a boiler and a CIP unit which are now under construction.
HFA designed for a Spiral Freezer Replacement, where a completed Mass Energy Balance was needed to verify existing capacity for the compressors and condensers. In addition, at numerous OK Foods sites HFA designed the emergency ventilation system and control sequence to bring the existing machinery room into compliance.
Target Micro-Fulfillment Centers
HFA is partnering with Target to help implement a new strategy in several stores to better accommodate online pickup area(s). Improvements include new cooler and freezers at pickup storage areas to house refrigerated online order items, new exterior updates, online pickup brand signage, new/ expanding exterior pickup doors for team members, and high-volume structural storage racks and sprinkler design upgrades in pickup areas.
Walmart Micro-Fulfillment Centers
HFA partnered with Walmart to design, construct, and launch automated Micro-Fulfillment Centers (MFCs) in existing U.S. stores. We utilized our architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and refrigeration disciplines, and coordinated with Walmart’s designated vendors for automation, refrigerated/freezer boxes, and both civil and structural engineers. We also facilitated life safety systems with each local jurisdictions’ fire marshals, providing valuable construction administration expertise.
Walmart Fluid Milk Facility
Dairy facilities house one of the most highly regulated processes, requiring superbly sanitized working environment. The building design must be easy to clean in order to inhibit germ growth. The design must utilize cleanable materials with minimum flat surface areas. • 238,720 sf with 12,000 sf administrative office building and 11,500 sf Truck Maintenance Garage with fueling island • Six bay raw milk receiving 60 trucks daily processing 2 million gallons per week • 25,000 sf cooler storage with 69,600 cubic feet of Automatic Storage Retrieval System (ASRS) with 12 bays of distribution • Constructed of structural steel frame and metal bar joists; envelope and interior partitions of Insulated Metal Panels.
Walmart Robotics Distribution Centers
With the advent of warehouse automation systems, HFA has been able to assist the retailer revolutionize the way their warehouse operates to quickly access the product. HFA helps with the conversion of older legacy distribution centers into state-of-the-art systems that are able to store and retrieve the product using computer-based algorithms that minimize the time taken with limited human intervention. The expertise that HFA has developed, has help guide retailers through this conversion with little or no downtime through a phased approach.