North America’s largest packaging company, APC, is headquartered in Rochester, along with their Engineered Laminations & Coatings Center. Their flexographic printing takes place in Iowa, and their rotogravure printing, in Wisconsin. In 2016, APC announced a multi-phased Rochester expansion, with SWBR and The PIKE Company as the design/build team for Phase I – a 215,000sf satellite flexographic printing facility for food packaging.
APC bought a 40-acre site in Chili, abutting a highly travelled, residential area. The design addressed the facility’s impact on, and of, the community, ecology and environment – from traffic to pollution to aesthetics. Wetlands drove structural design, ensuring the plant could withstand the weight of heavy equipment. Food, employee and environmental safety dictated process design.
The 7-month construction schedule was completed November 2017. SWBR facilitated the aggressive timeline, helping with public information sessions, local board presentations and expediting approval processes. The synergy between the design/build team and APC kept the process running smoothly, with SWBR already on board for Phase II: an additional 225,000sf for operations from APC’s other Rochester location so that facility can focus on medical packaging.