March 14, 2022
A “Facility of the Future” from 1984 is #18 in our Centennial Year Countdown of our Top 100 Projects. This Epstein designed and engineered 250,000 square foot, $166M ($432M in 2022) high technology cereal processing plant for the Kellogg Company in London, Ontario, Canada helped dramatically increase productivity and efficiency.
Upon completion this plant was recognized as the most advanced and futuristic food production facility as it provided a unique architectural and engineering challenge; as it features advanced technology in its process systems and building materials. Upon completion this processing plant was one of the most modern and complex of its kind with automated material handling and inventory control systems, automated process systems, energy recovery systems, modern administrative and data processing areas, and elaborate employee facilities. Different from most plants of its kind, much of this 8-story facility was designed and laid out in both vertical and horizontal configurations to conserve space.
This Kellogg’s facility is an example of our ability to design a very complex & highly automated factory. Epstein’s approach to planning and designing new facilities touches all industries and this method is deeper than automation and the mechanics of operating a facility -- it includes people concerns, future flexibility, resource conservation, and responsibility to the community - as well as the innovative use of systems and materials.