Project Description

FEDINC provided engineering design, permitting, and construction coordination services to Clear Springs Enterprises for renovation and conversion of an existing orange juice processing facility for receiving, packaging, cold storage, and shipping of fresh blueberries.  The converted plant began operation in March 2007, which coincided with the 2007 blueberry season.  Due to the limited time for construction and the fixed deadline for operational requirements, the project involved significant critical path scheduling in the disciplines of concrete foundations, structural steel modifications and additions, distribution of electrical power, construction of controlled atmosphere and insulated chambers, and refrigeration systems.  Permitting included building permits from the Polk County Building Department and an Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).

A complete set of design drawings was developed for proposed modifications.  Design features included modification of existing foundations and design of new concrete foundations.  Structural steel design and details were developed for modification of existing structures and addition of new structures.  Necessary electrical grounding, distribution, and supply services was performed. In addition, FEDINC provided: 3-D Architectural rendering; plans for incoming water supply and onsite distribution; Fire Protection Systems; HVAC Systems; remodeling of existing office facilities; and layout of processing, packaging, and refrigeration equipment.

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