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Central Kitchen Freezer Addition

A huge food service facility, 3.6 million lunches and 1.5 million breakfasts each year, and school schedule that can’t be interrupted. All in a day’s work for Stafford Builders.

The Bibb County School District’s Central Kitchen serves millions of meals to children each year.  Since 2001 the freezer facility that supports the Central Kitchen has been located off-site, so when it began to break down plans were made to replace it with a new on-site facility .

Stafford Builders was selected as the contractor for this $1.6 million dollar project.  The Freezer Addition and Building Modification Project required Stafford to construct two pre-engineered structures on concrete pads to house the freezers.

Feeding nearly 25,000 students a day requires a lot of freezer space, and these two freezers are enormous.  Each freezer is built with a center aisle in which pallets can be driven in and placed on floor to ceiling racks up to 20 feet. The small one is approximately 577 square feet and the large one is approximately 1,940 square feet – more like visiting Sam’s Club than your average restaurant’s walk-in cooler.

As with every project they undertake, Stafford Builders works hard to meet the unique needs of the client. The freezer addition at the Central Kitchen required close communication and flexibility because the building was in continual use.

Jason Daniels, Executive director of Capital Programs for the Bibb County School District was highly complimentary of Stafford Builders’ willingness to be flexible to meet the District’s needs:  “Stafford was very responsive and agreeable to working around our schedule.  They worked through holidays and off hours to minimize disruptions to the kitchen.”

Stafford is proud of the way in which they were able to coordinate their work around the needs of the school district.  And while the freezer addition itself may not be the architectural highlight of a building portfolio, Stafford made sure that the customer service provided was second to none.