Second Harvest Heartland, New Distribution, Warehouse & Volunteer Center

Brooklyn Park, MN

Second Harvest Heartland (SHH) distributes nearly 90 million pounds of food and grocery products per year to the Twin Cities Metro and regional communities. Our team assisted SHH with repurposing 220,000 SF that increased capacity for distribution within the region to 150 million pounds a year and incorporated fresh food and produce into their distribution.

The newly renovated facility includes areas for food sorting, prepping and packing by thousands of volunteers annually; cooler space and freezer space to increase capacity of fresh foods distributed; expanded ambient warehouse space; office and community meeting space; and an on-site food pantry.

SHH desired a design that conveyed a sense of community and connecting to its mission of ending hunger through community partnerships. The design features glass walls throughout the facility to connect the welcome center to the volunteer center and the food warehouse, creating a visual connection from the volunteers and staff back to the food. Office areas are open, and the staff break area is shared by office, warehouse and production staff.


Second Harvest Heartland

At a glance

  • 220,000 SF building repurposing
  • Box-in-a-box freezer and cooler space
  • Collaborative office workspace


  • 25,000 SF volunteer center that hosts 200 volunteers per shift
  • 10,000 SF of Community program support space
  • 30,000 SF of office and support areas
  • 150,000 SF distribution center with five temperature zones
  • 28,000 SF of cold/freezer storage
  • 51,000 SF of ambient storage
  • 24 loading docks


  • Site evaluation
  • Programming
  • Pre-design
  • Architecture
  • Interior design
  • Refrigeration engineering
  • Structural, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering
  • Construction administration services