C&L Refrigeration Designs Environmentally-Friendly and Energy-Efficient Refrigeration System for Food Storage and Distribution Center

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State-of-the-Art Project Focused on Safety, Sustainability and Energy-Efficiency

Energy-efficient refrigeration systems

By implementing these multiple energy efficiency measures, it has helped our client obtain a Savings By Design (SBD) potential incentive of over $300,000 from the utility company.

C&L Refrigeration, a provider of high-quality maintenance, engineering and construction services to the commercial and industrial air conditioning and refrigeration industry, today announced the completion of an environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient design/build industrial refrigeration system for a new 570,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Fontana, California.

For more than 30 years C&L has helped clients like Farmer John, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, General Mills and Bimbo Bakeries with air conditioning and industrial refrigeration needs and in meeting EPA, AQMD and OSHA compliance standards.

Raising the bar again on refrigeration and cooling services, C&L Refrigeration completed its latest high-profile project. The state-of-the-art project has over 140,000 sq ft of 34°F-36°F refrigerated area, which includes a main 136,000 sq. ft. refrigerated warehouse space with numerous 30-feet high continuous aisles that are each themselves 360 ft. long. There is also approximately 149,000 sq. ft. of 65°F conditioned area and 223,000 sq. ft. of dry storage.

The environmentally-friendly refrigeration system uses ammonia refrigerant because of its sustainability and because it compliments and supports the many environmentally-friendly and organic products that C&L’s client, in this case, sells at their neighborhood stores throughout the Southland.

The refrigeration system also includes multiple energy-efficiency features such as variable frequency drives (VFDs) on the lead compressor and condenser fans, premium efficiency motors, floating head pressure based on ambient wet-bulb temperature, floating suction pressure controls, and high-efficiency air units that utilize minimum fan input power. Other key energy efficiency measures include increased wall and roof insulation R values, and motor sensors for lighting controls. “By implementing these multiple energy efficiency measures, it has helped our client obtain a Savings By Design (SBD) potential incentive of over $300,000 from the utility company,” explained Ron Cassell President at C&L Refrigeration.

“Everyone’s commitment to safety was evident throughout the refrigeration project and many safety considerations were built-in,” explained Jon Kwok, Director of Engineering at C&L Refrigeration. The locations of the air units minimize the risk of being hit. Stainless steel evaporators were used for longevity and corrosion resistant coating was applied on the refrigerant piping prior to insulation to minimize corrosion. A state-of-the-art Quell™ fire suppression system that does not rely on in-rack components and anti-freeze was installed over conventional systems.

The short project schedule, the necessity for all equipment to be inside, and the massive amounts of pipe (over 2,500 ft.) that needed to be installed and welded on a rooftop with daily temperatures over 100 degrees all presented challenges. This is where the C&L Refrigeration engineering and construction team relied on their experience and expertise to deliver successful solutions.

“We are proud to be part of the team to design and construct this distribution center for our client and allow them to continue to provide new and unique grocery products at their local neighborhood stores,” stated Mr. Cassell, President of C&L Refrigeration.

C&L Refrigeration is online at http://www.clrefrigeration.com.

About C&L Refrigeration
C&L Refrigeration has provided high-quality maintenance, engineering and construction services in the commercial and industrial air conditioning and refrigeration industry since 1978. In addition, C&L assists clients with air conditioning needs and in meeting EPA, AQMD and OSHA compliance standards. A family-owned business, C&L strives to encourage its 175 employees to take pride in their performance, understand each customer’s needs and customize projects to meet those needs. With headquarters in Brea, CA and a branch office in Las Vegas, NV, C&L Refrigeration is strategically located to responsively serve all of California and Southern Nevada and has state contractor and Professional Engineering licenses throughout the Southwestern United States.

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Ken Kuck, Director of Marketing
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