Founded in 1947, Golden State Foods has become one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice industry. In 2014, Golden State Foods opened a new regional headquarters and logistics center in McCook, Illinois, relocating from locations in Lemont and Bolingbrook. This new 152,670 square foot facility is in a well positioned transportation corridor within the west suburbs of Chicago. The new location includes a 17,550 square foot office, a 135,120 square foot warehouse and 52 truck docks as well as a separate on-site maintenance building. Golden State Foods serves over 25,000 restaurants spanning 3 continents. Specializing in the processing and distribution of liquid products, meat products, produce and dairy, Golden State Foods also serves as full-line distribution to the quick service restaurant industry. Golden State Foods’ customers include McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Nestle, Arby’s and Taco Bell.
Pentegra Systems was challenged on the design side to create a complete design build integrated low-voltage system to satisfy all the needs of Golden State Foods. We met with GSF personnel across the nation to identify and ensure all necessary needs were going to be met. Pentegra collaborated with the architects of this project, going back and making changes to the initial plans to ensure this design build would seamlessly be incorporated into the facility. Through this teamwork, the ultimate goal was for this brand new facility to become the Regional Headquarters and Logistics Center for Golden State Foods.
Pentegra Systems and Golden State Foods wanted to make an impression with employees and visitors from the start, from the moment they set foot in the high end lobby area. We designed and installed an impressive customizable 4 flat panel display video wall to show off the latest and greatest Golden State Foods news, information and content. To enhance the experience of GSF employees throughout the entirety facility, we installed flat panel monitors in the boardroom, meeting rooms, break room and several offices. These fully customizable flat panels deliver important company information, display presentations as well as act as a source for digital signage. All displays are incredibly user friendly touch panels with iPad controls. Pentegra also supplied Golden State Foods’ Customer Experience Center with flat panel displays thus making it a fully interactive area to present, demonstrate and entertain their high profile clientele.
To facilitate the safety and security of this modern day facility, Pentegra Systems needed to design and install a fully integrated security system. We started by collaborating with Golden State Foods on the locations where video surveillance was an absolute necessity. The outcome was the installation of 90 Avigilon IP Security Cameras. With these cameras, GSF can monitor all activities within their facility, office and warehouse areas as well as the entire perimeter of the premises. This surveillance system was integrated with an RS2 Access Control System. Installed on 30 doors, Golden State can grant and restrict access to employees, vendors and suppliers with the greatest of ease. To effectively manage visitors, an EasyLobby system was installed printing badges for visiting personnel and is active for that day until the contents of that badge fade rendering it invalid from that point forward. The authorized access of personnel is crucial, but the authorized access of incoming vehicles to a transportation hub such as GSF is as well. Golden State Foods’ incoming semi-trucks now use the newly installed video intercom system to communicate to the front office to gain entry, opening the swing gates to gain access into Golden State Foods.
As part of this design build project, Pentegra Systems installed the main distribution frame (MDF) for the communications infrastructure. The backbone data cabling of this project consisted of fiber-optic cabling to 3 intermediate distribution frame deposits. These IDFs were strategically located through the facility to ensure every area of the facility was connected. Pentegra Systems was also in constant communication with the corresponding utility companies to ensure the proper utility feeds were being brought in to supply power. We ran all voice and data cabling throughout the entire facility to establish constant connection and ensure quality incoming and outgoing communication functionality. Through the completion of this project, Pentegra Systems delivered top-of-the-line technology befitting a modern day company headquarters such as Golden State Foods.
Pentegra Systems combined a brand new cutting-edge facility with state of the art technology. This project brought to fruition an audio visual system that enhances both the employee and visitor experience. Golden State Foods’ new data system connects all personnel to one another as well as enabling communication possibilities to anywhere that their business takes them. The video surveillance effectively monitors the mammoth facility while the access control system ensures a secure facility with only authorized personnel and transport. The unrivaled expertise of Pentegra Systems will ensure the professional maintenance and assistance for all of Golden State Foods’ integrated systems to ensure and continue the best quality and fulfill their greatest potential.
Peerless Industries, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of American-made audio-visual solutions. The company’s innovative product line includes flat panel and projector mounts, wireless technology, motorized mount solutions, cables, kiosks, AV furniture and racks and other accessories. Throughout their 70-year tenure, Peerless has maintained its position at the forefront of the industry, introducing new AV technologies that provide operative solutions to meet the needs of the consumers as well as pro markets.
Prior to 2010, Peerless had been manufacturing audio-visual solutions across several international plants. That year, the company made the strategic decision to move the overseas manufacturing operations back to the US, and subsequently consolidate the US plants into one facility in Aurora, IL. The new facility required a systems integrator to design and install all necessary low-voltage systems. These included structured cabling, access control, CCTV surveillance, voice evacuation, paging, A/V, fire alarm, and intrusion systems. The project necessitated the incorporation of new and advanced technologies with an emphasis on IP network-centric solutions.
We redeployed and upgraded the former facilities’ A/V systems in the new conference and training rooms. The systems consisted of a combination of projectors and flat-panel displays with multiple input panels. To overcome the ambient noise generated by the metal stamping machines on the manufacturing floor, we employed a high concentration of Atlas Sound paging horns to allow for audible paging during machine operation.
Because the new 307,000 square-foot facility hosts both Peerless corporate offices as well as manufacturing operations, access control between the various departments was essential to the success of the project. We selected the S2 Security NetBox IP-based security management technology, which can be operated entirely from a web browser. The technology fluently integrates access control, alarm monitoring and video surveillance capabilities in an IP-based, network-ready system. Additionally, the size of the facility, coupled with the need for network reliability, required a purpose-built IP network. To address this condition, we implemented a fiber optic infrastructure with a star topology to eliminate any single point of failure in the IP network.
Lastly, optimal security was achieved through the installation of network surveillance cameras and an intrusion detection system that integrates with the access control system, providing flexibility to maintain both a secure facility and a 24-hour operation.
Pentegra successfully designed and installed a system with the flexibility, reliability and efficiency to accommodate the diverse requirements and demands of the project, allowing for a seamless transition of the Peerless warehouses and offices. The system is supported and secured by the experts at Pentegra Systems, assuring superior quality and ease of everyday use and maintenance.
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