Wiegmann Wins Design/Build Award For HVAC & Refrigeration Project For $18 Million Hoffman Beverage In Chesapeake, Va


Wiegmann Associates won a Contracting Business Design/Build award for their work on the $18 million expansion of Hoffman Beverage in Chesapeake, Virginia. The design/build HVAC, refrigeration and building automation system (BAS) controls project included the expansion and renovation of the beer distributor’s 217,392-square-foot beverage distribution center and office. The general contractor was ARCO Beverage Group.

Wiegmann was challenged to design an effective HVAC system for several very diverse areas of the Hoffman Beverage facility, ranging from 26,000 square feet of office space to a controlled environment warehouse (CEW) with 32-foot ceilings and a 32,000-square-foot low-temperature refrigeration draught cooler.

Wiegmann engineered an energy-efficient HVAC and BAS system that reliably maintains the temperatures of beverage product as they move through several indoor environments at the facility. Beer distributors are required to monitor and report all temperatures in warehouse and draught cooler spaces.

Wiegmann carefully engineered and planned this three-phase project to enable the beverage distribution facility to continue operating with minimal downtime during construction. The existing refrigeration units had to be relocated twice – first moved within the existing building to allow for construction of the new warehouse, then later relocated to the roof of the new warehouse.

Phase 1 included a 115,440-square-foot expansion of the controlled environment warehouse (CEW) and new 32,000-square-foot warehouse. Phase 2 of the project involved the expansion and renovation of existing office space. During Phase 3, the existing 81,237-square-foot warehouse was renovated and additional new office space was constructed.

Hoffman Beverage is a large distributor of beer and non-alcoholic products in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, with 5.2 million in case volume and $100 million in annual sales.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.

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