We provided owner's representative services for Barilla America, Inc. (Barilla), maker of America's top-selling brand of pasta, and Jacobson Warehouse Company, Inc. (Jacobson), a supply chain logistics services company. The two companies announced plans for a new pasta-making and distribution facility in Avon, New York. Barilla invested approximately $87.7 million to build its second U.S. pasta-making and distribution facility; Jacobson invested approximately $8.5 million. Barilla America opened its first U.S. pasta manufacturing facility in Ames, Iowa in 1998. Spanning 49 acres, the new plant in Avon services the northeastern United States, which accounts for over 50% of Barilla's U.S. sales. At its complete size, the $96.2 million Barilla production facility includes a 100,000ft2 plant and a 205,000ft2 distribution center.
We played a prime role in the delivery of this project in collaboration with the other team members, Barilla, Whiting Turner and Transystems. Feasibility cost reviews on 3 different sites were provided prior to breaking ground in June 2006. We handled solicitation, bidding negotiation and awards during the early phases and close out assessments leading up to June 2007 when the plant reached full operation. We provided owner's representative, cost management and master scheduling services.
- 2008 Food Engineering Magazine Food Plant of the Year
- 2007 Design Build Institute of America Industrial Project Over $25 Million Merit Award
When asked about the proactive role Faithful+Gould played, a Barilla representative explained: "The risk workshop for our Avon project was a very effective way to get all the project parties involved at the very beginning of the activity, and to create awareness of the potential issues/risks for the whole group. One of the key elements for the success of the seminar was the fact that it effectively involved local authorities, energy suppliers, other consultants, all asked to give their contribution and raise potential concerns regarding different aspects of the project. After the seminar, a sequence of meetings managed by Faithful+Gould was also held, to coordinate the infrastructure activities, and this allowed us to mitigate many of the risks identified at the beginning, with the assessment seminar."
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