Silver Bay Seafood
64,679 sq. ft
Shep Cutler, AIA
Fisher Construction Group
Food Processing Facility
Silver Bay Seafoods is an integrated processor of fish products for domestic and international markets. In less than 10 years, Silver Bay has grown from operating a single processing facility to one of the largest seafoods companies in Alaska, operating five processing plants throughout the state.
Fisher’s design | build project process works well with Silver Bay’s fast-tracked growth. The Valdez project included a processing fish processing plant, and a 3-story bunkhouse and kitchen for workers in the community on Prince William Sound.
The highly customized processing facility is designed to withstand a snow-pack which can be up to 17 feet. The Valdez facility will process salmon, eggs for wild salmon caviar, and recover fish oil from the remaining solids. The two freeze tunnels and a plate freezer can freeze up to 130,000 round pounds of salmon per hour.
With an eye towards maximum production during the peak season, Fisher installed 1,760 feet of underground supply lines to transfer fish from the tender boats to the processing plant. The underground supply lines provided multiple advantages: they are less prone to freezing and didn’t require overhead support systems.
A refrigerated salt water system (RSW) circulates chilled water to the tanks, lowering the temperature of the fish for processing as quickly as possible, maximizing the quality of the product.
With FSMA standards in mind, the Valdez facility is designed for efficient and effective sanitation, reducing the possibility of cross-contamination and harborage of micro-organizms and pests.