Coborn’s, Inc. Case Study
When Rice Building Systems of Sauk Rapids, Minn., set out to construct a new concept store for St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s Inc., they had strict orders to capitalize on innovative materials and efficient design, while maintaining the 90-year-old Midwest grocery chain’s high standards for quality and customer service.
When plumbing bids went out, the copper systems that were typical for other Coborn’s stores came back way too high. So, Rice sent out rebids, opening the doors to alternative plumbing materials including crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) and CPVC.
“The owners wanted value engineering,” said Chris Rice, president of Rice Building Systems. “We knew any bid that came back had to incorporate suitable cost savings in addition to intelligent design and efficient installation methods to effectively meet our budget and tight construction schedule.”
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