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May 10, 2019
Donovan Brothers, Inc.
Auburn Dairy Storage Building
Owner: Auburn Dairy Products, Inc.
Architect: The Ronhovde Architects, LLC
Engineer: Anderson Chase
Donovan Brothers, Inc. was awarded an Excellence in Construction Award in the Pre-Engineering Building Category for their work on the Auburn Dairy Storage Building, in Auburn. Auburn Dairy Products currently uses this facility to house yogurt, milk, sour cream and coffee creamers distributed to schools and stores throughout the Pacific Northwest.
This 9,280 square-foot refrigerated storage building, and 1,620 square foot detention vault, was constructed as a pre-engineered metal building with floor-to-ceiling cooler panels. The project took seven months to complete and involved the development of cooler, dry, and semi-heated storage spaces as well as office space, a loading dock, and 5-inch reinforced concrete slab with No. 3 bar.
The following ABC members helped to make this project a success: Alhers, Cressman & Sleight, PLLC, CHG Building Systems, Inc., Evergreen Refrigeration, LLC, Parker Smith & Feek, Inc., Pivetta Brothers Construction, Inc. and Star Rentals.
Every project poses its own challenges. Because the building’s location happened to be at the lowest point in a valley, a robust water detention vault system was required to prevent the building from taking on water. The location and rising water table also meant that Donovan Brothers had to take extensive measures to dewater the site throughout the entire project.
Donovan Brothers was able to deliver a great final product while keeping their employees safe. Out of the 5,010 man hours recorded, there were no OSHA-recordable cases of injury that required days away from work, or required job transfer or restriction.