Tony Lamell, AIA, NCARB
Tony Lamell

Tony has more than 35 years of experience in the design of domestic and international commercial, industrial and institutional projects. His responsibilities include the architectural design, space planning, master planning, programming, coordination of code analysis and overview of architectural department and the delivery process. He works closely with our in-house engineering professionals to integrate sustainable strategies and forward thinking to obtain high-level project efficiencies and carbon footprint reduction. He also performs feasibility studies and analysis for both new and existing facilities, detailed design, value engineering, research, project coordination and management. His project experience includes Starbucks, Heinz, Nestlé, Kraft, Mondelez, General Mills, US Cold Storage and others.

Key Changes to NFPA 13’s Sprinkler System Codes

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9-11-1Recently, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) updated NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. The majority of the changes clarify issues contained in the code’s previous versions, but there have been some very significant changes that may impact manufacturing and warehouse facilities. Not all local and state jurisdictions have adopted the 2013 version of NFPA 13, so it’s important to check with the applicable permitting agencies to determine which version they use.


The Three Stages of Master Planning For Food Processing Facilities

Strategic planning series

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A proposed process plant schematic showing initial and future phases

A proposed process plant schematic showing initial and future phases


What will your food processing facility look like in the future based on your growth projections? Will you expand your current facility, buy and develop adjacent property or will it be necessary to embark on a greenfield project? A master plan—a comprehensive three-to-five-year plan that determines your facility’s physical and site requirements based on growth projections—can help answer these questions.