McShane Construction starts work on “last mile” distribution center in Palatine

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McShane Construction Company is constructing a “build-to-suit distribution facility for one of the world’s largest e-commerce retailers” in Palatine, Conner Commercial Real Estate says in a statement.

The structure at 315 South Hicks Rd. will be a “last mile logistics facility” serving Chicago’s northwest suburbs, the statement says.

“The site plan for this project is unique for an industrial development, it is designed to allow for efficient loading and high throughput of 600 sprinter vans for last mile residential delivery,” said Connor executive vice-president Brian Quigley. “Between the demographics of the Palatine area, the size and design of the development, and the easy access to Route 53 and Northwest Highway, we are confident this facility will be an essential part of our customer’s business long term.”

Conor originally planned Northwest Commerce Center as a 335,000-sq. ft. speculative industrial facility. However, once the client took an interest in the property, plans were revised to meet the client’s specific needs for a last mile distribution center, the developer said.

There is a shortage of sizable lots zoned for industrial use in the area, making this 18.3-acre site unique, the developer said in its statement.

The 162,000 sq. ft building will include about 14,765 sq. ft. of distribution/warehouse space and 15,250 sq. ft. of office space.  There will be 36′ clear height, 20 truck docks with hydraulic dock levelers and truck restraints, 14 grade-level loading doors, and MEP/FP prep for a moveable conveyor system. The property also features ESFR sprinklers and 658 parking spaces.

Connor expects the project to be completed by October, 2020.

An early October 2020 completion is expected. The building’s architect is Ware Malcomb.

The former building on the site had been occupied by HB Fuller Construction Products Inc.

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