Engineering Project Case Studies | Erdman Anthony

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Refrigeration Design

The Fresh Market’s flagship store in Greensboro, North Carolina, was remodeled in 2020. New offerings in the store include a wine department; a center Market Square island offering house-made barbeque, biscuits, sushi, salads, and sandwiches; and fresh-roasted coffee provided by the Roasting Plant’s Javabot system installed on the sales floor. A commercial kitchen was constructed in the store to support the operations of the Market Square island.

Erdman Anthony provided engineering plans for the store’s MEPR systems, from conceptual design all the way through final inspections. Our designs were for plumbing systems to service the commercial kitchen, the scullery department, and Market Square, and they included a sealed-combustion gas water heater and several water filtration systems.

Our firm also provided compressed air tubing and water supply to the Javabot, which roasts fresh beans in the store and then transports them in compressed air tubes over the sales floor to the coffee brewers.

Changes to the mechanical systems included grease exhaust fans and make-up air units for the commercial kitchen’s hoods, as well as a 100% dedicated outside air unit to provide intake air for store ventilation, pressurization, and humidity control.

Changes to the refrigeration systems included providing a supplemental rack piping header fed from the store’s existing compressor rack that services the new refrigerated display cases around Market Square.

Lastly, the power systems were altered to provide support for all the new equipment operations, and lighting was updated throughout the store to provide the customer experience that makes The Fresh Market unique.

Justin Litz, PE
Justin Litz, PE
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