Contegra to Build 179K SF Freezer-Cooler Facility in Columbus

December 15, 2023 | Growing demand for optimal freezer-cooler space by the food and pharma industry has spurred Crawford Hoying to partner with BGO Cold Storage to develop a 179,000-square-foot facility in Columbus, Ohio. Contegra Construction Co. is building the flexible facility for single or multiple tenants. The development team is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. It is slated for completion in the second quarter of 2024.

Located on a 14-acre site at 2865 Charter Street, the facility is being constructed of insulated metal panels in the 141,824-square-foot freezer zone with a 50-foot clear height and tilt up concrete panels in the 32,346 square feet of space allotted for cold dock storage with a 30-foot clear height. The remaining square footage will include mechanical and finished office space.  The facility will be served by 18 to 29 drive through dock doors with food grade vertical storing levelers and upgraded shelters and seals. The freezer can accommodate 49,000 pallet positions. Parking is available for 39 trailers.

The cooler freezer is designed to facilitate exterior-only maintenance access and optimal energy efficiency with a state-of-the-art ammonia refrigeration system. Its ground mounted mechanical enclosure hosts an off-site fabricated and assembled infrastructure including the main electrical switch gear. Eight cold dock mounted penthouses accommodate isolated thermal zone flexibility ranging from -10 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit in the freezer, cooler and cold dock areas with remote temperature control for seasonal inventory adjustments.

Ammonia compressor heated glycol loops protect the freezer floors for additional energy savings. The freezer features a 10-inch-thick slab built on six inches of rigid insulation and a three-inch concrete mud-slab encapsulating the heated glycol system over cement stabilized soil providing ample floor capacity for dense and heavy pallet loading flexibility.

The freezer cooler is minutes from I-270, and I-70 and as well as two international airports, John Glenn Columbus International Airport and Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK).

For more information about leasing at 2865 Charter Street, contact Joe Kimener at (614) 430-5077.

About Contegra | Based in Edwardsville, Ill., with a regional office in Dublin, Ohio, Contegra Construction is one of the Midwest region’s largest general contractors. Serving a national customer base predominantly in the industrial market, Contegra specializes in warehouse and distribution centers, freezer/cooler buildings, and manufacturing facilities. Contegra’s capabilities include site development, building development, and owner-driven projects. Learn more at

About Crawford Hoying | Crawford Hoying is a full-service provider for each aspect of real estate development, management, construction and sales in today’s dynamic real estate market. At Crawford Hoying, the goal is to add value to each project while maintaining the highest level of integrity. The company’s diverse portfolio includes for-rent and for-sale residential, commercial, hotel, industrial, mixed-use, senior living and student housing. Crawford Hoying is invested heavily in Ohio, with more than $2.5 billion in completed and active developments including the transformational Bridge Park in Dublin and the vibrant Water Street District in downtown Dayton. To learn more about Crawford Hoying, visit

About BGO | BGO is a leading, global real estate investment management advisor, real estate lender, and a globally recognized provider of real estate services. BGO serves the interests of more than 750 institutional clients with approximately $83 billion USD of assets under management (as of March 31, 2023) and expertise in the asset management of office, industrial, multi-residential, retail and hospitality properties across the globe. BGO has offices in 28 cities across fourteen countries with deep, local knowledge, experience, and extensive networks in the regions where we invest in and manage real estate assets on behalf of our clients in primary, secondary and co-investment markets. BGO is a part of SLC Management, which is the alternative asset management business of Sun Life.

The assets under management shown above includes real estate equity and mortgage investments managed by the BGO group of companies and their affiliates, and as of 1Q21, includes certain uncalled capital commitments for discretionary capital until they are legally expired and excludes certain uncalled capital commitments where the investor has complete discretion over investment. For more information, visit

Article courtesy of Illinois Business Journal