A Rail-Served Distribution Center with Precise, Atmospheric Controls

Project Detail

With over one million square feet of custom-designed space, this major warehouse facility was constructed during a particularly harsh winter and early spring and was planned against a critical delivery date. Snow, rain and dramatic temperature changes all played a factor in project planning. The Penntex team thoughtfully managed the project throughout the process, accounting for the weather as needed and ultimately delivering on time and on budget.

Precision Inside and Out

From comprehensive, exterior site planning to interior systems designed to deliver precise control, the Penntex team worked closely with Exeter Properties, New Kingston Land Development, LP, Whirlpool and their representative Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) to deliver a facility that featured precision at every turn. The project was certified LEED Silver and throughout planning and construction, Penntex provided guidance and expertise to achieve the certification in compliance with the U.S. Green Building Council guidelines.

Key project components included:

  • 500,000 cubic yards of cut/fill including a significant amount of rock. Resulting rock was crushed on site and used in the stone sub-base under the truck courts.
  • Demolition of an existing rail spur and construction of a new dual-service rail line to the Whirlpool facility and the adjacent property. Subsequent construction of a rail spur annex to house up to 10 rail cars.
  • 326 trailer drops, 186 parking stalls and 120 dock doors.
  • The entrance drive and building pad were cement-stabilized to maintain access and a workable pad through the harsh winter months and wet spring.
  • Relocation of electrical service line to accommodate 4000-amp electrical service.
  • Seven stormwater basins.
  • A separate, on-site guard facility, perimeter fencing and turnstile entrance/exit.
  • 10,000 square-feet of office space, remote shipping/receiving and service/maintenance areas.
  • HVAC and HVLS system tied into and controlled by a fully automated building management system (BMS) that followed a designated sequence for full building client control.
  • Robust humidity and environmental control systems.

Meeting Client Needs Through Value Engineering

Throughout the project, the Penntex team was able to account for unexpected changes and requests, providing value engineering solutions to accommodate project scope adjustments within the established budget. Careful planning, open communication and creativity were key to delivering the best solutions to meet the client’s needs throughout the project.

Client Feedback

“I have long thought the greatest compliment that you can pay someone you have worked with is that you would recommend them to others. With that said, Jim, Mark and Logan have been nothing but exceptional to work with. They have done everything to accommodate all of Whirlpool and the project teams’ requests. All while still meeting the project schedule. Jim has been on top of it all the entire way. Mark has run a tight job site (which is the way I believe it should be), and Logan has been instrumental in addressing the details. It has been a pleasure to work with them. Thank you for the opportunity to work with these gentlemen. They have been nothing but knowledgeable, courteous and professional every inch of the way.”

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Location: Mechanicsburg, PA
Owner: Exeter Properties
Tenant: Whirlpool
  • Warehouse & Distribution
Square Footage: 1,116,928 sq. ft.

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