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New LEED-Rated Beverage Distribution Center Opens In Tampa

Imagine 1.5 million square feet of fine wine and spirits. That's the size of a vineyard. A downtown redevelopment project. Roughly a third of Disney's Magic Kingdom. That's what's coming to Tampa. Well, about half of it is already here. Oh, and this huge industrial spirits-filled space is LEED certified -- the biggest industrial space to receive silver LEED status in Florida.

Premier Beverage had outgrown its Tampa digs at 6031 Madison Ave. near Brandon. So they hired R.R. Simmons to design and build a new facility that would allow for the wine and spirit distributor's growth and honor its commitment to sustainable practices.

The result is a state-of-the-art facility that features new office space, a central chiller system, a highly reflective roof that minimizes heat absorption under the hot Florida sun and a smart lighting system that uses motion sensors to minimize energy consumption throughout the facility, among other things.

The distribution location houses nearly 800,000 cases of inventory, which is distributed to restaurants as well as liquor, grocery and convenience stores on a daily basis. Two miles of software-run conveyor belts ferry inventory throughout the main building and ultimately load it onto trucks for delivery.

According to Premier's Harry Masi, the distribution center's growth has increased headcount in both sales and operations to handle volume. And the construction itself increased jobs for area workers as well.

Randy Simmons of R.R. Simmons found the efforts of the people who worked on the project rewarding. "Several hundred people at a time worked on this project and it created many jobs. Premier's trust in our team and satisfaction with the building is most rewarding."

The first phase created new office and distribution space under one roof. The next two phases will expand warehouse space on the property.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Sources: Randy Simmons, R.R. Simmons; Harry Masi, Premier Beverage

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