Anheuser-Busch Warehouse

Anheuser-Busch Warehouse

Empty warehouse pre-construction.

The Cannon Building team recently installed two new freezer rooms into an existing warehouse at the Anheuser-Busch Montclair. The ambient temperature section of their Montclair distribution warehouse was converted into a controlled environment warehouse with a temperature range between 60° F and 69° F. A new crate storage room (50° F), as well as miscellaneous removals, relocations, and improvements were included in the project. The newly remodeled 33,280 SF warehouse started off empty but was quickly put into operation and stocked with products. Managing the construction without impacting these activities was key to the success of the project.

Continuous refinished aluminum “tee” with steel hanger rods were installed via scissor lift.

Work on the facility began in November of 2017 and was completed in February. Every two weeks, the Anheuser-Busch warehouse staff shifted inventory allowing the Cannon Building team to mount new ceiling panels. These panels provided insulation for temperature control.

The larger 10,653 SF Draught Cooler includes insulated panels to maintain a constant temperature of 36° F. The smaller Craft Cooler which spans 3,068 SF has no ceiling and is open to the existing roof structure. It maintains a temperature range between 45° F – 55° F.

View of the inside of the draught cooler. The cooler stocks 1,592 pallets of 4 kegs each, or 6,368 kegs of beer.


Air conditioning units to be lifted by helicopter for the roof. Workers rig AC units for the helicopter lift at ground level.


Helicopter lifting an AC unit onto the roof.

A critical task on the project was the helicopter lift of 15 HVAC and refrigeration units onto the roof. Clarion was contractor in charge of the helicopter lift and contributed greatly to the success of the operation. Denis Spann served as superintendent and Brad Owen as the project manager for Clarion. Hill Phoenix refrigeration was also a main contributor to the lift.

Through the hard work of the Cannon team, Clarion, and Hill Phoenix, the Anheuser-Busch project concluded smoothly, safely and according to schedule.