Kingspan Cold Storage Panels Keep Winning Company Fresh

WinCo Foods, a grocery chain based in Boise, Idaho constructed an

862,711-square-foot cold storage warehouse and distribution center

in Phoenix, Arizona. Ground breaking for this project took place in

May 2013, building the largest food distribution center in the state

of Arizona to date. It gives WinCo Foods, which stands for Winning

Company, a more economically favorable way to serve its stores in

Arizona, Southern California and Southern Nevada.


LTI Contracting, a recognized leader in cold storage construction

since 1958, has completed thousands of cold storage facilities. Its

staff is skilled in the processes needed to construct a thermally

efficient energy-saving cold storage building. Such facilities are

critical for WinCo Foods’ success as it continues to experience

strong growth in the very competitive grocery market. LTI

installed Kingspan insulated metal panels (IMPs) to form the

exterior envelope and all interior partition walls for the WinCo

Foods Cold Storage Distribution Center. Kingspan IMPs were also

specified for an industrial-size freezer, several coolers, the dry

goods warehouse, and the facility’s Truck Maintenance area.


ESI Design Group created a building plan that involved a driven

streamlined construction schedule with no margins for error.

Their construction management team worked closely with

all subcontractors and their venders to create an organized

communication loop. The entire approval and construction

process from shop drawings, material approvals, scheduling,

and building installation operated seamlessly. The construction

schedule, from start to owner occupancy, was just 12 months long.


Kingspan 200 Inverted Rib Series 3”, 4”, and 5” insulated metal

panels were specified for the building’s exterior wall package.

Approximately 345,000 square feet of Kingspan 300 Minor Rib

Series 3”, 4”, and 5” IMPs were installed to form the interior

partition and liner walls. Over 167,000 square feet of KS42 – MF™

was specified to meet building code compliance requirements for

a two-hour rated assembly partition wall. This particular insulated

metal panel, made from a mineral wool core bonded with metal

facings, is recommended for fire-rated wall applications. As an

added benefit, Kingspan insulated metal panels have a great

look that increases a building’s aesthetic appeal. Hercules® Cold

Storage Doors, manufactured by Kingspan, were also installed

by LTI Contracting for the cold storage door applications at the

WinCo Cold Storage Distribution Center.


All Kingspan insulated panels made for a cold storage wall system are

flexible in design, can be applied to multiple building applications, and

are available in varying thicknesses. The panels provide high R-value

thermal performance, superior airtightness, and low thermal bridging.

The results are potential energy cost savings of as much as 30% over

traditional multi part built-up systems. All Kingspan cold storage wall

panels are extensively tested for compliance with various industry

standards and building safety codes.


Kevin Sherman, project manager for LTI, gave several reasons for

choosing and using Kingspan products. “During the bidding process,

Kingspan stayed involved with product and pricing options,” said

Sherman. “Their product price point was also very competitive with

the market comps.” He also noted the product quality assurance

offered by Kingspan to the project team. Kingspan arranged for LTI

Contracting to meet the management group with a Q&A conference to

review past and present projects.


One of the primary benefits of using Kingspan IMPs is that installation

can occur faster than with typical multi-part cladding systems.

“Kingspan offered a good business plan to assist the LTI Team with a

solid project method,” said Sherman. “That helped us to keep on point

and meet the Client’s fast track schedule.” Day to day work also flowed

easier because Kingspan provided a single point of contact, an assigned

representative who had accountability and authority to work within the

project’s network of managers. That was not only reassuring but was also

very helpful as LTI moved successfully through all the step-by-step phases

involved in such a large order construction project.

LTI was impressed that Kingspan committed to a ten-w

eek product

fabrication and delivery schedule that included manufacturing and shipping

a total order of 512,866 square feet of product. It took 91 semi truckloads,

each delivering an average weekly load of 51,280 square feet of Kingspan

product to the project site to complete the order. “Our decision to align

with Kingspan as the WinCo IMP product vender proved to be the right

choice,” said Sherman. “We are very thankful for the service we received

from all the personnel involved at Kingspan.”


In closing, LTI representatives said the Kingspan 200 and 300 Series

panels, and Hercules Cold Storage Doors will likely be strong product lines

in the Commercial Cold Storage market for many years to come. To learn

more about the complete line of Kingspan cold storage products, visit www.




Phoenix, AZ



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May 2013

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