The facility boasts over 1.7 million s.f. under one roof, including 30,000 s.f. of offices, and is over ½ mile in length with in excess of 270 truck dock positions. The site includes a nearly 1.5:1 ratio of trailer storage stalls to dock doors. Multiple ramps allow for flatbed trailer loading throughout. At the time of construction, the project was the largest single concrete tilt‐up distribution building in the world. In addition, tilt‐up panels at the high‐bay areas extended 75’ from top of footings to top of parapet, making them some of the tallest concrete panels in the world without intermediate floors. Crawler cranes were necessary to pick the panels.
The facility Interior clearances range from 35’ in loading dock areas, 40’ in the main warehouse, up to 60’ in selected high‐bay portions. Lift equipment includes conventional loading dock pallet jacks and fork‐lifts, extended‐mast turret trucks, and in high‐bay areas high‐speed stacker cranes on roof‐ and floor‐mounted guide rails. All racks are single‐deep for fast picking in a very high turn‐over operation.
The building is divided into a total of six fire areas separated by interior tilt‐up walls. Each area has ventilation to ensure that temperatures do not become excessive in the high‐bay areas.
Phase I was constructed by Pepper Construction of Chicago; Phase II by the James M. Gray Co. of Indiana.