Jeffrey A. Raday, P.E., President of McShane Construction Company, is pleased to announce that the firm has completed the 112,065 square foot renovation of an existing building transforming it into a comprehensive food preparation facility for DO & CO Chicago Catering, Inc.
Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, DO & CO is one of the world’s leading catering companies active in airline, train and international events catering. The world renowned foodservice firm has expanded its services to O’Hare International Airport providing first-class, in-flight food services to airliners serving international destinations.
DO & CO Chicago selected Bradley Wood and Tim Stoeckel of the Chicago office of JLL to assist with the real estate consulting, transaction and Project Management services. After reviewing the available properties within the O’Hare market, DO & CO Chicago selected an existing facility at 2150 Frontage Road in Des Plaines, Illinois. The property provides convenient access to the growing international airline business at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport situated just minutes from the building. McShane Construction enhanced the overall shell of the building to support new refrigeration components, kitchen equipment and upgraded building and safety systems. The facility’s office, warehouse and production areas were modernized with contemporary features to optimize operational efficiencies.
To accommodate the immediate production needs of DO & CO, McShane Construction completed temporary kitchens and food preparation areas allowing the facility to operate one month prior to final turnover. McShane completed the renovation of a 24,416 square foot production area incorporating multiple prefabricated freezers, 69,142 square feet of storage space, 11,254 square feet of office and a 7,253 square foot dock staging area. McShane also completed additional paved parking, the installation of a secured gate and upgraded landscaping. The new food preparation facility operates on a 24/7 basis, meets FDA food handling and preparation standards and supports both Halal and Non-Halal foods.
“We are delighted to have been selected by DO & CO Chicago Catering and JLL to complete the sophisticated conversion of a mature industrial facility into a contemporary food preparation building,” remarked Raday. “McShane’s team implemented a fast-track and comprehensive construction program to meet our client’s operational schedule for this modern food preparation facility.”
Harris Architects, Inc. provided the architectural services for this fast-track renovation assignment.