BUILDING BETTER BAKERIES and SNACK FOOD PRODUCTION FACILITIES

“Companies looking to expand do not need to hire outside consultants to fill any knowledge gap with Austin. Austin differentiates itself from the competition and having an inventory of industry-specific experts readily available to its clients, provides a means of doing just that.”

WE BRING DECADES OF EXPERIENCE IN FOOD PROCESSING TO THE TABLE FOR EVERY BAKING AND SNACK FACILITY PROJECT

Shifting regulations, changing consumer preferences, increasing ingredient costs and a shrinking pool of skilled and unskilled labor interested in bakery employment, along with rising wages are challenges faced by bakers every day. To compete bakers must produce safe products of high quality at the lowest unit cost in facilities that attract and retain the needed workforce.

We understand this industry’s uniqueness and complexity. Austin has deep knowledge of the processes, equipment and how to precisely design and build facilities that meet the industry’s highest standards and incorporate trends, including mezzanine levels for packaging, ingredient delivery automation, and vertical proofing systems.

UNDERSTANDING THE NEEDS OF BAKING AND SNACK PRODUCTION

Austin addresses the complete needs of each baking and snack food production facility project

• Food safety and FSMA, drives much of the detail of our designs today, whereas HACCP alone drove them in the past.

• People safety is equally important to Food Safety and our designs are planned around safe and easy access.

• Finding and keeping the best employees has never been more of a challenge. Our architects apply a strong focus to the design of all employee areas.• Fully baked, frozen products, are becoming more popular and we provide complete refrigeration design.

• Speed of construction is always a project driver and Austin’s lean design and construction techniques support accelerated schedules.

• Quality of construction is an increasing challenge due to labor shortages and fewer young people entering the building trades. We address this through on-site quality programs.
DESIGN AND ENGINEERING SERVICES

OUR IN-HOUSE ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS OFFER THESE SERVICES

• Site Planning and Conceptual Design
• Architectural Design and Structural Engineering
• Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering
• Fire Protection Engineering
• Process Engineering
• Process Piping Design
• Process Equipment Design
• Process Instrumentation and Controls (I & C)
• Waste Water Treatment Design
VIRTUAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

UPFRONT COMMITMENT TO VDC REDUCES TIME AND SAVES MONEY LATER IN THE PROJECT

The Austin Company has been integrating design and construction services for well over a century and today utilizes virtual design and construction (VDC) technology, including Building Information Modeling (BIM), to best serve our clients.

Benefits of VDC Include:
• Reduced risk
• Streamlined data workflows
• Clash detection
• Leveraging of model information
• Increased efficiency
• Increased collaboration and coordination
• Improved decision-making
LEAN DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

EMPOWERING PROJECT TEAMS TO ADD VALUE TO PROJECT PERFORMANCE

Austin applies Lean methods to our design, engineering and construction to maximize value and project outcomes, with a focus on relationships, shared knowledge and common goals.

Benefits of Lean Design and Construction include:
• Improved time productivity,
• Reduced safety hazards
• Cost savings
• Improved coordination among all project team members
• Optimization of budgets, including life-cycle costs
• Potential for earlier project completion due to minimized inefficiencies

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PEPPERIDGE FARM BAKING AND SNACK PRODUCTION FACILITY

Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish® crackers were introduced in the 1960s and today continue to be a family favorite. Two decades of sustained growth prompted Pepperidge Farm to expand its cracker production operations in Richmond, Utah.

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