Champion Petfoods Kentucky DogStar® Kitchens

Champion Petfoods Kentucky DogStar® Kitchens

2016 | Excellence in Category | Excellence in Teaming

Champion Petfoods Kentucky DogStar® Kitchens

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed

Champion Petfoods chose design-build because of the agility, flexibility, and adaptability inherent in its delivery approach. Champion also knew that design-build promotes a lively and spirited collaborative team environment that would yield an abundance of creativity, ingenuity and innovation for their world-class DogStar® pet food kitchen project.


Gray Construction completed the first design-build kitchen in the U.S. for Canadian-based Champion Petfoods. The 371,000-square-foot kitchen named DogStar® prepares their foods in its state-of-the-art kitchen designed and operated to meet the same food safety standards that are required for the manufacturing of human foods. DogStar® was designed, constructed and commissioned in 14 months — from 0% design to 100% test runs of their new recipes.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: Champion Petfoods, Inc.
Design-Builder: Gray Construction
General Contractor: Gray Construction
Architect: Gray Construction
Engineers: Gray Construction, Freeland Harris Consulting Engineers of Kentucky, Inc.
Specialty Contractor: Schenk Process LLC
Specialty Consultant: Versa Tech Automation
Duration of Construction: 14 months
Project Cost: $134,100,00