Turner attended the groundbreaking ceremony for The Capital Area Food bank (CAFB). Turner Special Projects was selected to perform general contracting services for the new food distribution warehouse that will help build a sustainable facility to address hunger concerns for years to come.
The food bank is building and renovating its distribution center to address the increasing need in the Washington, D.C., metro area. The CAFB serves approximately 383,000 people through its 700 nonprofit partner agencies; however, the need in the region is about 633,000 residents and growing.
The new 125,000-square-foot structure will increase capacity to about 40 million pounds of food per year and will include an expanded refrigerator and freezer space so the food bank can store more fresh produce, meat, dairy products, and other perishables. Environmentally friendly “green” features are in the plans, including $1 million in solar panels and other equipment donated by BP America. The new distribution center is scheduled to open in fall 2009 and is expected to achieve a LEED certification.