Food Plant Design Construction: What You Need to Know


Apr 13, 2022

Forget the conventional design-bid-build construction delivery method. Many industrial developments are instead moving to the design-build method of construction – and for a variety of reasons. In addition to factors such as shared responsibility, minimizing owner risk and encouraging transparency between all stakeholders, the design-build delivery method also often enables faster project delivery – sometimes by as much as 30 percent over conventional methods. Food plants have unique requirements, from processing lines to hygienic insulated panels – and owners want a high-quality build quickly so they can begin producing and earning revenue faster.

In this post, we’ll talk about why the design-build delivery method is becoming so popular for food plants and other industrial projects and how insulated panels can help streamline construction efficiency and set up the structure for long-term efficiency and performance.

Design-Build Explained

As we said in the introduction, the design-build delivery model is a transparent, collaborative one. Rather than the designer and the builder working as separate entities, they work together as a single unit as a team. This allows for the better streamlining of changes, permits constant collaboration throughout the entirety of the project and ultimately can help lead to a more satisfied owner and a project that is on time and on budget. Unlike a traditional design-bid-build method where excuses, finger-pointing and distrust may occur, design-build enables problem-solving and innovation as entities work as one.

According to research, the design-build delivery method outperforms construction management at risk and design-bid-build when it comes to cost, schedule and speed. It’s a delivery method that is expected to continue to grow, especially in food plants and industrial new builds.

The Importance of Insulated Panels in Food Plants

The design-build delivery method also groups trades, subcontractors, and consultants into the overall project team. And this is where the team responsible for installing the insulated wall panels enters the picture. Once construction has progressed to a point where at least a partial facility enclosure has been reached, then the subcontractors can move into the facility and begin their work to build out the interior.

Insulated wall panels are essential materials in food plants and other industrial facilities for a variety of reasons. For one, they’re known for their energy efficiency and overall aesthetics. They’re also fast and easy to install, so you can rest assured that this part of the interior build-out won’t fall behind schedule in terms of the overall project scope. Insulated wall panels are also easy to clean and maintain, come with a 4.1 per inch R-value and are hygienic enough to meet the stringent sanitation standards set by the CFIA and other regulatory organizations.

These wall panels are a critical part of any food plant project, especially when the project utilizes the design-build method of project delivery.

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