THE FISH GUYS
Industrial | Renovation | 36,000 SF | Saint Louis Park, MN
At The Fish Guys, over 5 million pounds of fresh seafood is custom-cut, processed, and delivered each year to restaurants and retailers. Tremendous business growth led them to seek out a larger facility. Formerly home to a Nestlé facility, significant changes were made to adapt the space for The Fish Guys. They now have plenty of room for the business to continue to grow and flourish, and have a demonstration kitchen to host product testing and tastings.
A physical plant inhabited the original space, with multiple mezzanines, process piping, boilers, and raised equipment pads. These were all removed to restore the bare bones and volume of the structure. The 31’ clear height of the building required all trades of construction to work off of elevated lifts.
Unsurprisingly, a seafood distribution center has unique refrigeration needs. Nearly 40,000 SF of insulated wall and ceiling panels were installed to create an 8,000 SF freezer with 26’ clear height, 1,600 SF cooler with 24’ clear height, and 5,600 SF of processing and staging rooms – all set to different temperatures for different types of seafood.
At first I was concerned that it’d be impossible to find a construction team who cared about the project as much as I did since I own the company. It became very evident almost immediately that Welsh possessed a level of commitment that I didn’t think was possible.”
- Mike Higgins, CEO, The Fish Guys Inc.