Hunger Solution Center; Food Lifeline, Owner
GC: JR Abbott Construction; Architect: INNOVA; Electrical Contract: $1.2 MM; Project Timeline: June 2015 to March 2016
New Build – Warehouse and Offices
SME Inc of Seattle won the design-build electrical bid for Food Lifeline, a new 190,000 square foot food distribution center located at 815 S 96th Street, Seattle. This two building warehouse space includes an industrial grade warehouse, 17,000 square foot refrigerator, 32 loading docks and offices and conference rooms. Our scope of work included service gear, lighting, lighting controls, fire alarm and low-voltage products.
As a local non-profit, Food Lifeline distributes food products – that would normally end up in the landfill – to 275 food banks, shelters and meal programs around the Greater Puget Sound Region. Founded in 1979, Food Lifeline is a member of the nationwide Feeding America® network.
Before the new build, Food Lifeline was over capacity at their leased SoDo and Shoreline buildings. With limited space, their plans for expansion and educational training were being hampered. Spearheading a $34 million campaign for a new distribution center, Food Lifeline set out to create the new Hunger Solution Center.
By more than doubling their square footage from 75,000 to 190,000, Food Lifeline has the ability to collect (from farmers, manufacturers, restaurants and grocery stores) and distribute 100 million pounds of food a year – enough to feed all the hungry people in Western Washington – an increase of 60,000 million pounds from previous ability. Accommodation for volunteers was doubled to 20,000 each year and the new offices and conference rooms allowed for education and training of non-profits, food banks and community members that hadn’t before been possible.