Plant Design Awards — Outstanding Reconstruction: Cleaners You Can Trust


QUINCY, Mass. – Days after the four-alarm fire that consumed all or part of the Dependable Cleaners head office, store and production facility on Quincy Avenue in July 2012, general manager Christa Hagearty was scrambling to determine this it would take to rebuild.

“This building had our offices, one of our largest factories that served seven outdoor stores, a retail store and a laundromat,” Hagearty writes in his entry to the Plant Design Awards which earned his establishment the special honor. of exceptional reconstruction. “The redesign was a collaborative process involving many of our team members as well as external advisors. “

One of the first design decisions was to move the building 10 feet away from a neighboring business with which it shares a driveway; clear the hill behind the building to create more parking for employees; change store and laundromat location; add a second loading dock and two additional garage doors; add a mezzanine above the dry cleaning area to contain the water tank, gas booster, compressors and some equipment supplies; add a sophisticated sprinkler system, in particular by placing sensors in the ducts; and switch from swamp coolers to air-conditioned spot cooling.

As for the plant, Dependable placed its wet-cleaning washers and humidity-controlled dryers next to its dry-cleaning machines so that cleaning staff could easily sort and use the cleaning equipment. at the water. The washers in the dry cleaning and laundry departments use the same programs, giving the plant redundancy and flexibility. Steam and jacket exhaust gases are routed outside the building. Screw rails bring the garments from the pavers to the inspection / assembly areas, then the garments feed into an assisted assembly station and ultimately an automated bagger.

The 5,000-square-foot plant’s equipment includes three 80-pound Union dry-cleaning machines using GreenEarth; Wascomat washing machines and water washers; ADC dryers; finishing equipment from Unipress, Forenta, Trevil and Hi-Steam; Iowa Techniques collar cones; two Fulton gas boilers; two Rema vacuum cleaners; Hamilton Engineering hot water system; and three 10-ton American Chillers coolers.

John Park, Express Machinery, designed the plant layout. Wyrosdic Design & Build Firm provided architectural services, and Anne Fawcett, Allied ISID Decorating Den Interiors, provided interior design services. Aristocraft was the equipment distributor for the project.

The store and laundromat opened in mid-February 2014, and the production site opened at the end of March 2014.

American dry cleaning Congratulations to all the winners of our 54th Annual Plant Design Awards! If your business is going to be building a new factory or upgrading a facility over the next year, be sure to document your progress and enter your construction or renovation project into the 55th Annual Factory Design Award which will be presented in early 2016. Watch American dry cleaning in the second semester of this year for entry information and deadlines. Contact Editorial Director Bruce Beggs ([email protected]) for all questions. We hope to see your factory in the running next year!


Leon E. Hill