Preferred Freezer Services Achieves Leed Gold

Preferred Freezer Services (, one of the largest Public Refrigerated Warehouse companies in North America, has been awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification by the USGBC.
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Aug. 13, 2010 - PRLog -- Preferred Freezer Services (, one of the largest Public Refrigerated Warehouse companies in North America, has been awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Their design-build facility is located at 4500 West Ann Lurie Place, in Chicago, Illinois.  Ware Malcomb (, a leading design firm, designed this facility that temporarily houses frozen goods prior to redistribution for food processing.

Ware Malcomb Chicago provided architectural and interior design services, as well as USGBC processing for this 174,786 square foot cold storage freezer building.  The facility earned 40 LEED Certification credits and incorporates several sustainable design features including:
   Energy efficient HVAC system
   Highly reflective TPO roofing membrane to reduce energy demands
   Low flow plumbing fixtures
   Zero irrigation through the use of native species landscaping
   99.92% of construction waste was diverted from landfills
   43.9% of materials used in construction were regionally produced and manufactured
   Low VOC materials
   On site bicycle parking and shower facilities

The building has made great strides towards reducing the impacts of a freezer warehouse on the environment through the use of automated warehousing techniques, inclusion of a rail spur, and the utilization of the latest and most efficient refrigeration technology.

The cold storage freezer building has a 60 ft tall steel structure freezer with metal faced 6" insulated panel walls and a 9" insulated TPO white roof.  The freezer integrates a highly advanced system of automated robotic picking and retrieval technology into the structure, which facilitates fully automated product handling.  The 24,150 square foot pre-cast panel cold dock area has 17 dock doors.  The building also includes 7,719 square feet of support areas and 8,856 square feet of office, including private offices and testing areas for USDA inspections.  The facility is rail served by the Norfolk Southern Railroad.

The design-build project was constructed by Keeley Construction, Inc. of Villa Park, Illinois and developed by KTR Capital Partners of New York, New York.  Construction was completed in October 2009.  

About Preferred Freezer
Preferred Freezer Services ( offers the most modern, state-of-the-art, full service refrigerated warehouses in the United States.  They began providing services in 1989 from a 1.3-million-cubic-feet warehouse in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  Since then, the company has expanded to be one of the largest Public Refrigerated Warehouse companies in North America.  

About KTR Capital Partners
KTR Capital Partners ( (“KTR”) is a real estate private equity fund manager and operating company specializing in the industrial property sector.  Headquartered in New York City with offices in Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, KTR manages a series of discretionary value-add investment funds that target opportunities throughout major markets in North America.  KTR’s current investment vehicles provide approximately $3 billion of investment capacity.  

About Keeley Construction, Inc.
Keeley Construction, Inc. ( is a full service construction company serving the needs of the Chicagoland area since 1978.  We specialize in general contracting, construction management and consulting services related to industrial and commercial facilities.  

wm green
Ware Malcomb is committed to providing sustainable, renewable and environmentally responsible options to enhance buildings and workspaces in healthy and economically viable ways. The wm green team includes LEED Accredited Professionals, available to assist in sustainable design alternatives and/or LEED Consultation and Management services.  Ware Malcomb is a corporate member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canada Green Building Council.

About Ware Malcomb
Ware Malcomb’s Chicago/Midwest office offers planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design and site development services to commercial real estate, corporate, and public clients throughout Chicago and the entire Midwest region.  Ware Malcomb Chicago specializes in the design of industrial, office, technology, healthcare, retail, public/institutional, and renovation projects, as well as auto dealerships.  

Established since 1972, Ware Malcomb is committed to providing clients with integrated design services across North America and beyond. In addition to the office in Chicago, the firm has 10 other locations throughout the United States, Toronto, Canada and Panama City, Panama.  

Ware Malcomb’ Chicago Office:
1900 Spring Road, Suite 210
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
p. 630.218.0063
Jay Todisco, Principal, Commercial Architecture (

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