Kinsley is no stranger to substantial design-build projects. That is exactly why the master builder didn’t flinch when delivering a 224,000-square-foot headquarters complex for Fuchs North America in Hampsted, Maryland. The true challenge was incorporating the specialty equipment that would allow this leading manufacturer to continue a 75-year tradition of providing specialty seasonings, spices and flavor systems to customers across the continent. Kinsley’s resources touched every aspect of the project from design, to building construction, to the installation of processing equipment and infrastructure.
Preparing Fuchs for Future Growth
Fuchs is a manufacturer with deep roots stretching back more than 50 years in Owings Mills, Maryland. Known as Baltimore Spice prior to 1990, Fuchs had been operating out of a 170,000-square-foot headquarters facility. That building, crammed into a five-acre parcel, had already been expanded twice since constructed in 1959. Room for expansion was desperately needed. Fuchs acquired a 21-acre parcel in Hampstead, Maryland, to accommodate growth and consolidate several local facilities under one roof. The new complex includes 100,000 square feet of warehouse space; 86,000 square feet of manufacturing space; and 38,000 square feet of office space. Business functions housed in the new facility include manufacturing, packaging, warehousing, administration, product development, and sales.
Bringing Added Value through Design-Build
Kinsley led the collaborative effort to analyze the constructability of the project as it related to the manufacturer’s vision. Collaborating with Fuchs and the design team prior to and during the construction process was pivotal because of the highly complex nature of the spice processing systems.
Kinsley believes in teamwork with all parties involved on their projects. For the Fuchs project Kinsley built on that foundation of teamwork and added value by utilizing several trades from within the Kinsley family of companies.
Among the lineup was Kinsley Industrial (silo erection), Kinsley Concrete (foundations and slab-on-grade), Kinsley Site (sitework, stormwater management, and paving), and Kinsley Manufacturing (steel fabrication). Kinsley Industrial was also hired directly by Fuchs for a number of items including packaging lines and spice mills.
Additional subcontractors included Hanover Iron Works (miscellaneous metals), Gettle Electric (electrical and fire alarm), and Ira G. Steffy (structural steel erection).
“It’s definitely an asset to have other Kinsley divisions and companies on our site because it gives us a lot of options and control,” said Project Manager Rustin Bergdoll. “From the owner’s perspective, the Kinsley companies streamline coordination to a single point of responsibility.”
The design team was led by the architect, LSC Design, Inc. Engineered Solutions Group was the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineer, and Carney Engineering served as the structural engineer.
Kinsley’s extensive experience as a construction manager, design-builder and trade contractor gives the firm a unique understanding of the entire project delivery process. From preconstruction pricing to scheduling and construction, Kinsley delivers a cohesive project experience from start to finish.