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 Premier Beverage Opens Warehouse 

Premier Beverage, The Charmer Sunbelt Group’s Florida operation, has recently been recognized for its new state-of-the-art facility in Tampa.  This LEED Silver-eligible facility just won Beverage World’s Facility of the Year and the American Concrete Institute’s Outstanding Industrial Project awards.


Beverage World considered many candidates and criteria; however, it was an easy decision given the Premier facility’s focus on applying technology to maximize efficiency.  The American Concrete Institute recognized how the facility used concrete as a sustainable building material.  In fact, Premier’s new facility will be featured as a case study in a new book on sustainable design.


The building houses more than two miles of high-speed conveyors in addition to nearly 60,000 square feet of administrative office space.  This building is one of the largest LEED-qualified buildings in the Southeast.  


Some interesting facts about the new Tampa Warehouse:


Designer/Builder: RR Simmons (of Tampa)

 LEED-eligible details:            

  • Largest LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) eligible project in Florida
  • Qualifies for “Silver” level of LEED certification
  • As of November 2009, under review by the US Green Building Council
  • Reflective, white TPO roof system
  • Storm water collection locations for irrigation
  • Sustainable building products
  • Highly efficient water-cooled, chilled water HVAC system

Reduction of Carbon Footprint:

Reduction of nearly 400,000 gallons in potable water usage each year.  

Distribution features:            

  • Conveyor system is over 13,000 linear feet.
  • 12 total pick lines: nine full-case, two split-case and one dedicated line for items not slotted in a forward pick location.
  • 12 pick lines feed three 4:1 merges, which in turn feed a 3:1 high speed combiner.
  • The sorter diverts product to any of 10 loading doors and is capable of sorting at 9,000 cases per hour.
  • Each of the loading doors is equipped with a telescoping truck loader, which can extend out to load the nose of a 53’ trailer.
  • High-frequency opportunity charging system allows operators to replenish forklift batteries at up to 80% of the full charge within 15 minutes.

Additional Warehouse Specs (source: RR Simmons):

  • 12+ acres of roofing
  • 570,000 square feet of warehouse space, the capacity equivalent to keeping a collection of 47 737-series airplanes
  • Built with 24,000 cubic yards of concrete and 49,000 tons of steel