Project Description

Client: Silver Bay Seafoods
Location: Valdez, Alaska
Project Size: 64,679 sf facility
Architect: Fisher Construction Group
Facility Type: Seafood Processing

Fisher’s Design|Build Approach Keeps Pace

with Silver Bay Seafood’s Fast-Track Growth

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 seafood companies in Alaska. Operating five processing plants throughout the state.

Fisher’s design | build project process works well with Silver Bay Seafood’s fast-tracked growth. The Valdez project included a processing fish processing plant, in addition to a 3-story bunkhouse and kitchen. The bunkhouse specifically 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, as well as 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.

Fisher installed 1,760 feet of underground supply lines to transfer fish from the tender boats to the processing plant. Thus, maximizing production during the peak season. The underground supply lines provided multiple advantages. Most important being less prone to freezing and didn’t require overhead support systems.

To maximizing the quality of the product, a refrigerated salt water system (RSW) was used. The RSW system circulates chilled water to the tanks, lowering the temperature of the fish for processing as quickly as possible.

With FSMA standards in mind, the Valdez facility is designed for efficient and effective sanitation. Which reduces the possibility of cross-contamination and harborage of microorganisms and pests.