Client: Columbia Fruit
Location: Vancouver, Washington
Project Size: 16,649 sq. ft. processing addition
Owner: Columbia Fruit
Situated on the rich farmland fed by the Columbia River in Southwest Washington, Columbia Fruit processes seven types of berries, as well as cherries and rhubarb. Over the past 10 years Columbia Fruit has worked with Fisher’s design | build team to expand their processing and storage capacity, nearly quadrupling their space for processing and storage.
STAYING AHEAD OF THE CURVE
with an innovative plan to deliver better products
Because every hour of delay in cooling products from the fields can deplete freshness, each component of the facility is designed to enhance the quality of Columbia Fruit’s products.
First off, Fisher installed a blast chill room to cool the harvest as it arrives. Using two large evaporators, fresh picked products are cooled to 35° degrees quickly, maintaining their fresh picked flavor and improving processability. The chill room saves energy, and therefore dollars, by reducing fluctuation in temperature as new products are stored, allowing the -5° freezer to maintain optimum temperature.
The most recent addition, a 16,649 sq. ft. processing area fits between the 40,000 sq. ft. cold storage, a blast chill room and an 11,000 sq. ft. ambient temperature loading dock. The processing area is built to accommodate a flexible line set-up for processing and repacking Columbia Fruit’s variety of products.
When Fisher began working with Columbia Fruit ten years ago, Fisher created a plan for the site and the facility which made it possible to grow with Columbia Fruit’s future plans. The facility is built of structural steel, with insulated metal panel walls (IMPs) and a membrane roof.