United Natural Foods, Inc.

Aurora, CO


Project Scope

Construction of a new refrigerated distribution warehouse for United Natural Foods, Inc.

Unique Challenges

Constructing a facility during winter in Aurora, CO. Varying temperature requirements throughout the complex (10° freezer, 35° cooler + cold dock, 45° wet room, 55° banana ripening room, 65° grain room).


To achieve LEED Gold certification, a project must qualify for a minimum of 60 LEED points. One of the solutions we implemented to accomplish this goal was to recycle refrigeration condensation into a gray water system. Although it’s fairly common these days, at the time of this project, installing LED lights with motion sensors was considered very innovative.

To address the harsh winter conditions, we had to use hot water in our masonry and grouting work. Also, we covered everything in blankets as needed. We had to keep the slab covered for three days. Regardless of the challenge, ARCO is up for it.

CO2 + ammonia cascade refrigeration system
Specialty dry pipe sprinkler system designed for sub 40F storage
Compliance Requirements: LEED Gold

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Ben Cohen | Endurance Real Estate Group

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