Insulated curtain wall manages temperatures for organic produce

LEED-certified building can now adjust the sizes and temperatures of storage spaces.

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Founded in 1978, employee- and grower-owned Organically Grown Company (OGC) is the largest organic produce distributor in the Pacific Northwest. In 2015, the company delivered approximately 70,600 tons of organic produce to more than 500 customers throughout the Northwest from distribution centers in Oregon and Washington. After installing an insulated curtain wall in its Portland facility, the company has improved its ability to react to changing demands.

“Produce is seasonal, thus demand on our refrigerated space is ever-fluctuating,” says Anthony Seran, project manager. “It’s of great value to us to have the ability to reconfigure our cooler spaces, in a matter of hours if necessary. The new curtain wall delivered flexibility, affordability and temperature separation. Additionally, because food safety is paramount, having the ability to easily and quickly clean the wall has saved us substantial labor hours.”

The new wall (Randall Manufacturing) meets the company’s needs for temperature control, space management and LEED contributing requirements.

Installed in one day between existing racks and evaporators, the wall’s R values allow OCG to meet a variety of temperature zones to accommodate its seasonal organic produce.

About the Author

Josh Bond, Senior Editor
Josh Bond is Senior Editor for Modern, and was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and associate editor. He has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce University.

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