The Kroger Company - Food Distribution Facilities
The Kroger Co. employed Bluestone Construction to provide complete, turn-key, construction management services for the retrofit lighting systems for 46 food distribution centers across the United States. These distribution centers included warehouses, coolers, freezers, truck maintenance shops and salvage buildings encompassing over 15.3 million square feet of building area.
Client: The Kroger Company

Completion Date: December 2008

Size: 15,383,000 Sq. Ft.
The lighting retrofit scope of services started with a comprehensive energy analysis of each facilities lighting system, existing light fixtures, existing lighting controls (if any), historical energy usage, current energy costs and operational lighting requirements. From this analysis, Bluestone provided a program for the retrofit and control of the light fixtures in the facility, estimated construction costs for fixture replacement and calculated the anticipated energy cost savings. The primary component of the retrofit involved replacing HID and HPS fixtures with energy efficient T-12 fluorescent fixtures controlled by a motion sensor on each fixture. The energy cost savings included both the direct costs for operation of the light fixtures themselves as well as the indirect costs for reduction in cooling loads for the facility. Bluestone also investigated government and utility company incentives for each location.

A return on investment (ROI) was developed for each facility using the projected capital improvement investment for the lighting retrofit and the projected energy cost savings. The ROI ranged from 21% to 141%, with an overall average of approximately 62%.
Environmental Impact:
63,000,000 KWH/year savings
48,800 Tons of CO2 reduction
7,700 Acres of Trees Saved
8,450 Cars Removed
4,900,000 Gallons of Gasoline saved
116,800 Barrels of Oil Saved
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Bluestone Construction managed the purchase of the lighting fixtures and their replacement within the facility for each project. Bluestone coordinated the work with operations management at the facility so that the continued production operations was not impacted.
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