Summit Design + Build, LLC recently completed the renovation of 120,000 square feet of space for Economy Packing at 4501 W. Ann Lurie, just south of the Stevenson Expressway.
The building in the Crawford Industrial Park is home to Economy Packing’s new warehouse and distribution facility after the company sold four buildings in the Fulton Market meatpacking district last year.
Economy Packing is just one of the latest to leave Chicago’s Fulton Market, an area with a characteristically industrial feel that has historically been home to food distributors. Like others, the mainstay ran out of space in their old home at 939 W. Fulton Market.
With real estate demand in the West Loop and the Fulton Market District at an all-time high, Economy Packing made the move out of the neighborhood and enlisted Summit Design + Build to complete the renovation of the old Kronos Foods building in Archer Heights for their new packing and distribution center.
The space at 4501 W. Ann Lurie includes roughly 10,000 square feet of office space, 95,000 square feet of warehouse space, and 15,000 square feet of completely upgraded freezer space, specifically one large freezer and one smaller blast freezer. Other upgrades include 20 refrigerated loading docks for quicker and safer transfer of products. The new and reconfigured office space will also better accommodate Economy Packing’s 100 employees.
Economy Packing was founded in Chicago in 1932, and since, has been recognized as one of Chicago’s largest direct receivers of fresh poultry, beef, lamb, veal, pork and seafood. By improving their facilities, Summit Design + Build helped Economy Packing maintain their high quality and excellence in service and six-day-a-week delivery throughout the Chicago metro area, including next day order completion and delivery.
Alan R. Schneider Architects provided architectural services for the project.