Architect recommended for warehouse and bakery expansion

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today (Nov. 21) selected Kinsley Construction of York, Pa., as the recommended architect to design and build the Housing and Food Services Warehouse and Bakery expansion. Pending approval by the full board tomorrow (Nov. 22), the firm is expected to begin design work immediately, with work targeted for completion in September 2015.

The existing building is a three-story, 94,000-square-foot structure built in 1989. It is located north of Park Avenue on Services Road just east of the Arboretum.

The goal of this renovation is to increase the capacity of freezer, cooler and dry goods storage, improve workflow and provide more effective use of space. The project will reorganize and expand the warehouse and bakery and replace aging and inefficient building systems. The project is anticipated to include approximately 44,500 square feet of renovation and 16,800 square feet of additions.

The Housing and Food Services warehouse and bakery provides food and related products to on-campus venues including residential and retail dining at University Park and Commonwealth campuses, The Penn Stater, Nittany Lion Inn, Bryce Jordan Center, Campus Catering, Café Laura, day care centers, athletics and The Berkey Creamery.

Annual volumes of food distribution out of the warehouse includes 1.1 million pounds of chicken, 131,000 pounds of pizza cheese, 12,000 gallons of ketchup and 353.1 tons of french fries. The bakery annually provides a variety of baked goods including more than 1 million assorted cookies, 100,000 donuts, 11,600 cakes, 59,000 loaves of artisan and hearth bread, and 195,000 muffins.

This expansion will allow Penn State Housing and Food Services to increase the variety and scope of product offerings to meet the culinary needs of students, faculty, staff and visitors. This project also will provide opportunities to capitalize on additional direct manufacturer relationships that will reduce overall food costs.

The budget for total project costs of the Housing and Food Services Warehouse and Bakery expansion is $12.9 million.

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Last Updated November 21, 2013