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Pharmaceutical Client | Distribution Center

Distribution Center

Kansas City, MO


Pharmaceutical Client
Eastern, PA

Design Professional

St. Onge, Ruff and Associates
York, PA



L.R. Costanzo converted this 55,000 square-foot former warehouse into a cold storage and distribution facility for the client in the Mid-America region. The facility includes a temperature controlled packaging area, new material handling equipment and cooler/freezer units which houses pharmaceuticals. To support the refrigeration units in the event of emergency, L.R. Costanzo installed building automations, security systems and a 500 kW emergency generator to keep the systems and facility on-line.


  • Retrofit of existing unconditioned warehouse into temperature-controlled storage space
  • Installation of coolers and freezers inside the existing box
  • Moving owner’s existing equipment while minimizing downtime
  • Integrating monitoring, ordering, and other systems with the main systems located in Eastern PA over 1,000 miles away


  • Careful coordination and planning with professionals to select proper systems, equipment and existing building modification to house cooler and freezer
  • Careful coordination and planning to bring cooler and freezer panels in unassembled and paying attention to critical building dimensions
  • Specific move schedule, often by hour if necessary. To minimize down time, construction was done off shift, on weekends, and during their slow order time. Additionally, orders were diverted to other facilities until the system was operational.


L.R. Costanzo also procured, supervised and installed:

  • Structural modifications
  • Material handling equipment
  • Communications, CCTV and data systems
  • Temperature-controlled packaging area
  • 10,000 square-foot cooler/freezer unit
  • Loading dock equipment
  • Administrative offices renovation