Food Engineering magazine Food Plant of the Year 2022
ABC Florida First Coast Excellence in Construction Eagle Award
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Organic Chicken Harvesting Facility

Bell & Evans Chicken Harvesting Facility

Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania

Design and construction of an award-winning greenfield organic and humane chicken harvesting facility. Chickens are received, fully processed, packaged and shipped from this facility using state of the art technology including sustainability practices. Live chickens arrive in air-cooled trucks in automated containers that are designed for comfortable transport and easy cleaning. The live receiving area is bathed in blue light that calms the birds as they enter the facility. From there they enter the harvesting and processing areas, which are finished in European style vertical fiber acid brick floor and Bolidt flooring. UV lights inside the HVAC system helps eliminate bacterial and viral growth.

The production areas and warehouse are cooled using an ammonia refrigeration system. All product waste flows via underground piping to the newly constructed Offal Building (built by Stellar) for screening and then flows to the new wastewater facility constructed by the owner. This reconditioned water is then used where possible.

Bell & Evans’ headquarters was moved into this new building along with employee welfare spaces. This scope includes executive offices, administrative offices, reception area, mother’s room, dispensary, training room, conference room and office support spaces. The parking lot is well-lighted and includes an 80-foot tall flag pole.

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Bell & Evans Chicken Harvesting Facility

Building a One-of-a-Kind Chicken Harvesting Facility for Bell & Evans

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