Fisher Construction Group will soon begin construction for NewCold’s Tacoma Automated Coldstore in Tacoma, Wash.

A joint design effort of NewCold and Fisher Construction Group, the facility reportedly will be one of the largest in the United States, with a storage capacity of more than 25 million cubic feet. The multi-customer coldstore will enable food producers, including Trident Seafoods, to optimize their cold-chain management with increased agility and responsiveness.

The facility will utilize automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) to automatically move and store products in the dark high-bay warehouse. Equipment and operators will be directed by advanced software systems, while products are kept in optimal conditions with all coldstore areas cooled down to sub-zero temperatures.

Fisher and NewCold will incorporate other leading edge technologies as well, including a design wherein the building itself is supported by the structure of the storage racks that will hold the pallets of products. The low oxygen environment will reduce the risk of fire from inside the facility. In addition, according to the companies, the total building design will need only half the energy consumed by conventional cold stores to keep the products optimally frozen.