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Rich Products Corp.'s manufacturing facility, Missouri City, Texas

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Seeberger Architecture specified red aluminum accent panels at the entrance of Rich Products Corp.'s (Rich's) frozen dessert manufacturing facility, distribution center and procurement office for aesthetic appeal and to connect the design with the owner's brand.

EFI Panels fabricated, and EF&I Design Systems installed Petersen Aluminum Corp.'s PACCLAD metal composite material panels in Patriot Red and Petersen Aluminum's PAC-CLAD 7.2 corrugated panels perforated with staggered 1/8-inch holes in Silver Metallic for the project. Additionally, Southwest Vault Builders installed Green Span Profiles' insulated metal panels (IMPs) in Regal White at the walls and ceiling. Various thicknesses of IMPs were used throughout the production areas.

The design divides the operational structure of Rich's plant into three departments: office administration, plant production and freezer storage. Each department is enclosed in a separate building volume. The linear production sequence was divided into eight main work areas to reduce travel and maximize product output. A two-story exterior office was constructed with concrete, glass and metal panels; it is recessed within parallel concrete planes.

Temperatures in each work area range from more than 110 F to -10 F. Seeberger Architecture specified IMPs and a metal ceiling system for temperature consistency and to endure daily sanitation processes.

A glycol radiant heat flooring system was installed below the floor slab of an 80,000-square-foot, -10 F freezer to protect the foundation and subgrade from freezing. Jamison Door Co.'s roll-up doors were installed at the IMP walls. The 192, 232-square-foot project was completed in April 2014.

Owner: Rich Products Corp., Buffalo, N.Y.
General contractor: Cadence McShane Construction Co., Houston
Architect: Seeberger Architecture, Houston
Landscape architect: Integrated Landscape Architecture, Driftwood, Texas
Structural engineer: Bihner Chen Engineering Ltd., Houston
Installer: EF&I Design Systems Inc., Weimar, Texas
Doors: Jamison Door Co., Hagerstown, Md.,
Fabricator: EFI Panels LLC, Simonton, Texas,
Metal wall/ceiling panel installer Southwest Vault Builders Inc., Lewisville, Texas,
Metal wall panels: Petersen Aluminum Corp., Elk Grove Village, Ill.,
Metal wall/ceiling panels: Green Span Profiles, Waller, Texas,