After years of planning and design, Las Cruces Public Schools is moving forward with its newest project, a 10,000 sq ft Food Service Warehouse. The facility will enhance the district’s ability to efficiently procure, store, and deliver food to school kitchens across Las Cruces. As the first phase of a planned new operations center on Tashiro Drive, the project will also provide crucial infrastructure for future development.
HB Construction was chosen as the project’s general contractor in a best-value selection process and will join LCPS and architect Vigil & Associates in delivering the project.
The new Food Service Warehouse will house a large, compartmentalized freezer and refrigerator with access for pallets and forklifts. Coordination is already underway between refrigeration system installers and other contractors whose work interacts with this specialty system. The building also includes:
– Dry storage area.
– Equipment storage/repair shop.
– Office space.
– Loading dock.
– Heavy-duty parking lot.
The facility design calls for concrete tilt-up wall panels, which are commonly used in industrial and warehouse settings to maximize horizontal and vertical space. In total, the construction team will install 23 panels around the building perimeter to support a pitched metal roof.
Other notable features include a rooftop photovoltaic array and ten electronic vehicle (EV) charging stations. These systems will contribute to the long-term sustainability of district operations at the Tashiro complex.
HB has completed multiple tilt-up facilities in the private sector and looks forward to using this experience for a crucial public works project.