RoGBC founding member, Epstein Begins Construction Phase for Star Foods New Warehouse

January 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Posted in Green Building Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
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RoGBC founding member, Epstein Engineering & Architecture has recently started the Construction phase of the new finished goods warehouse for Star Foods. Epstein is providing full architecture, engineering and construction project management services for the development of the new finished goods warehouse expansion. The facility will be delivered by mid 2012 and is located in Popesti Leordeni, on the southern outskirts of Bucharest.

The new 2,5 million euro development will be an extension of Star Food’s existing manufacturing and will include a finished products warehouse, in connection with the existing facility, an expediting area, and office and employee welfare areas, totaling approximately 4, 500 sq m.

The new warehouse area features state-of-the-art logistic center technologies including high bay rack storage and ESFR25 sprinklers, and T5 fluorescent lighting with photocell control. Additionally, the project includes upgrades to the fire water supply and protection systems for the entire manufacturing campus, a new guard house, new truck scale and truck maneuvering areas.

Randy Tharp, Managing Director of Epstein Architecture & Engineering

This new facility will contribute to the further development and expansion of Star Foods in Romania. Our architects and engineers have designed the new facility focusing on the functionality of the building from logistics operations perspective while maintaining close attention to keeping the project within the investment goals,” declared Randy Tharp, Managing Director of Epstein Architecture & Engineering.  “Our extensive logistic experience in the U.S. and Poland leads us to successfully apply the latest approaches and methods to similar projects here in Romania.”

Epstein is a Chicago-based architecture, engineering and construction company, active on the Romanian market for more than five years, developing successful projects for international clients like Lufkin Industries (manufacturing facility of 35,470 sq m located on an approximately 33.32 hectare site within the Ploiesti West Park in Romania), Cameron (12,500 sq m manufacturing and office facility in Ploiesti), Emerson (6,500 sq m production facility with an additional 1,800 sq m of office space completed in mid 2010, in Cluj Napoca), WDP Development (6,000 sq m automotive plastic injection molding plant for Röchling-Automotive in Oarja), and Petrom.

For nearly 90 years, Epstein has been associated with landmark design and engineering projects throughout the world. Epstein is a founding member of the ROGBC (Romania Green Building Council), providing sustainable design, engineering and construction solutions for clients in the commercial, industrial and public sector.

Star Foods is the Romanian snack food division of PepsiCo International and this facility produces Lays Potato Chips and Star brand popcorn, nuts, and other snacks foods.

PepsiCo entered the Romanian market in 2004, acquiring the market leader of potato chips, the company Star Foods, present in Romania since 1993. Thus, PepsiCo became one of the most important players, within snacks market in Romania.

Congratulations and good luck going forward!

Cristina Siu

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Epstein has been a leader in the area of Sustainable Design and LEED Certification. Epstein currently has 28 LEED Certified projects and 28 LEED projects pending. Our LEED Certified projects account for over 1% of all LEED Certified projects in the world by with a total area of 1,432,548 sq m (15,419,810 square feet).

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