Client Safeway, Inc.

Auburn Dry Grocery and Perishable Distribution Center

Auburn, Washington

Safeway's one million-SF distribution center design includes a dry grocery warehouse, refrigerated warehouse, return processing area, office space, and a truck maintenance shop.  The facility's durability was increased by placing steel facing on curbs and seven-foot high curbs on the back of docks to prevent truck damage. A two-stage absorption process on the food produce floors was used to reduce slippage and deterioration. The warehouse is engineered with three temperature levels ranging from -15° F to 55° F, with large evaporators having small compressors, low head pressure capabilities, and humidity control on the truck docks to provide energy savings. Through design and applied value engineering, the owner achieved initial operational cost reductions and savings of over $1 million.

At a glance

1.1 million SF


Best New Building Over $50 million
Associated General Contractors

Industrial Development of the Year
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties


Architectural Design

Engineering: Structural, Mechanical, Electrical

Construction Administration

"While my evaluation related specifically to the Safeway Distribution Center in Auburn, Washington, LEO A DALY provided similar services on a number of other projects over a 5 year period. In all circumstances they demonstrated exceptional leadership and direction in the projects. They listened carefully to the needs and interests of the operators and always maintained a focus on the end product. They offered suggestions on reducing the cost of the projects- value engineering (VE) - without compromising the overall quality and functionality. If the VEs were likely to add operating or maintenance costs, LEO A DALY estimated the potential impact and made recommendations based on their experience. In addition, they were able to develop a relationship with the various General Contractors which allowed them to work effectively on our behalf."