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From the Ground Up: Ozarks Food Harvest warehouse

2810 N. Cedarbrook Ave.

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Owner/developer: Ozarks Food Harvest Inc.
General contractor: Ross Construction Group LLC
Architect: Marshall-Waters-Woody and Associates Inc.
Engineers: JS Smith Consulting Engineers PC, structural; and CJD Engineering LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Size: 56,000 square feet
Estimated cost: $4.8 million
Lender: Springfield First Community Bank
Estimated completion: May-June
Project description: Construction crews broke ground in September and Ozarks Food Harvest officials completed a fundraising campaign at year’s end to fund the expansion in North Creek Business Park. The final piece was securing a $700,000 challenge grant from Tulsa, Oklahoma-based J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. OFH already operates a 46,000-square-foot distribution center at the site, and the two buildings will be connected via a 70-foot hallway, said OFH President and CEO Bart Brown. Officials say the nonprofit could not accept some 1.4 million pounds of food due to lack of space and the new space should double its capacity to donate 30 million meals annually. John Megee, the project architect with Marshall-Waters-Woody, said the warehouse has ceilings up to 36 feet tall and a walk-in freezer and cooler, totaling 9,200 square feet. OFH currently works with 270 organizations in 28 Ozarks counties to serve 261,000 individuals.

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