Fulton Fish Market - Bronx, NY

Food safety design engineering was taken in to account when handling the cold storage construction on this seafood process plant.

As real estate values rose and food safety concerns became more focused, the City of New York decided to relocate the nearly 200-year-old Fulton Fish Market to a new location at Hunts Point in the Bronx. The City needed a design-build team with a cost-effective approach that maximized food safety without abandoning the spirit of the historic market. 

After evaluating top engineering and construction firms across the US, Food Tech was selected to design the new market because of their advanced cold storage construction capabilities and expertise in food safety design engineering. Food Tech strove to capture the open air feel of the old market while also incorporating modern Safe Quality Food (SQF) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) engineering. The 350,000-square-foot facility also involved multiple cold storage construction and refrigeration engineering challenges. 

The completed seafood process and distribution plant features a 100-foot-wide central core for pedestrian and fork truck traffic in a temperature-controlled environment. Lining each side of the central core are vendor stalls designed for wholesale display, processing, and cold storage. The facility also houses a central refrigerated dock with vertical hydraulic levelers. Food Tech’s innovative, cost-saving approach provides the City of New York with extremely fresh seafood in a modern, highly sanitary facility. 

During this project, Food Tech delivered the following:

  • HACCP and SQF
  • Seafood processing areas
  • Cold storage coolers and freezers
  • Dock leveler design featuring vertical hydraulic levelers 
  • Ice making systems
  • Cold storage insulation design and construction 
  • Pre-engineered steel “central core” for increased cost-savings
  • Industrial refrigeration system 

Fulton Fish Market was established in 1822 on the East River in Lower Manhattan and quickly became one of the most important wholesale fish markets on America’s East Coast. Today, the new Hunts Point location is the second largest fish market in world, handling millions of pounds of seafood daily and over a billion dollars in sales annually.