October 18, 2017

ST. LOUIS, MO – Wiegmann Associates has completed HVAC work on the $18 million expansion of Hoffman Beverage in Chesapeake, Virginia. The design/build project included the expansion and renovation of the beer distributor’s 217,392-square-foot beverage distribution center and office. The design/build general contractor was ARCO Beverage Group. The project recently received a 2017 Design/Build Award from Contracting Business.

Wiegmann carefully engineered and planned this three-phase project to enable the beverage distribution facility to continue operating with minimal downtime during construction. The existing refrigeration units had to be relocated twice – first moved within the existing building to allow for construction of the new warehouse, then later relocated to the roof of the new warehouse.

Phase 1 included a 115,440-square-foot expansion of the controlled environment warehouse (CEW) and new 32,000-square-foot warehouse. Wiegmann engineered an energy efficient HVAC system that reliably maintains the temperatures required by beer suppliers while product moves through the space. Beer distributors are required to monitor and report all temperatures in warehouse and draught cooler spaces.

Phase 2 of the project involved the expansion and renovation of existing office space. During Phase 3, the existing 81,237-square-foot warehouse was renovated and additional new office space was constructed.

The HVAC systems and building automation system (BAS) controls were designed to condition air in several very diverse indoor environments, ranging from 26,000 square feet of offices spaces to a CEW warehouse with 32-foot ceilings and a 32,000-square-foot low-temperature refrigeration draught cooler.

Energy efficiency upgrades included variable frequency drives (VFD) on the rooftop unit fans to save energy and prolong motor and mechanical component life; and variable air volume (VAV) boxes and fan terminal units (FTUfor zone control in the office spaces.

Hoffman Beverage is a large distributor of beer and non-alcoholic products in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, with 5.2 million in case volume and $100 million in annual sales. Their beer portfolio is led by Anheuser-Busch and also includes 60 other craft brewery partners including New Belgium, Lagunitas, Bells, and Founders as well as 11 non-alcoholic partners including Fiji, Bai, and Nequik.


Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.  Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed innovative, energy saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries. Wiegmann also provides 24-hour preventative maintenance programs and service in the St. Louis region. Wiegmann is ranked among the top 50 specialty contractors in the Midwest by Engineering News Record and the top 10 largest mechanical contractors by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

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Mary Schanuel



MS talked w/Jacob 7-11. ARCO ($1.03m) D/B WA Engineered, manage construction, beer Distributor – Refrigerated draught cooler, conditioned warehouse, and office space