Listening Facilitated Successful Logistics Center Construction 

by Mike Hunter

Phoenix-based Stevens-Leinweber Construction recently completed the custom build-out of 160,000 square feet at Phoenix Logistics Center Two, designed to meet the manufacturing and distribution needs of new tenant Georgia-Pacific LLC and its HP PageWide T1190 Press, the world’s largest high-volume digital pre-print solution for corrugated packing.

“This project was a great exercise in listening, learning, planning and executing on precise requirements, with a result that brings something very unique to the Valley,” said Stevens-Leinweber Construction Vice President Erik Powell. “Those requirements influenced everything from our earliest foundation plans to the final assembly of the T1190 press, which came in numerous cargo boxes shipped from overseas, trucked to the PLC Two building, and then unboxed and assembled piece by piece by experts brought over from Germany for this specific task.”

To support the T1190, SLC constructed a specialized foundation requiring 163 piers, each drilled 15 feet deep, to help support an 18-inch-thick mat concrete foundation with heavy rebar reinforcement. The construction team also brought in 7200 amps of dedicated power specifically for the Georgia-Pacific tenant improvement, as well as temporary power to allow Georgia-Pacific, one of the nation’s leading packaging providers, to test its equipment while waiting for long-lead-time electrical gear. A heavy-duty HVAC package was installed during the build-out to help manage the higher level of heat and air pressure generated from the printer.

SLC completed the shell building and tenant improvement for Georgia-Pacific. Ware Malcomb was the building’s project architect. Anthony Lydon, Marc Hertzberg, Riley Gilbert and John Lydon of JLL are the building’s exclusive leasing brokers.

Totaling 481,600 square feet, PLC Two is the second building within Merit Partners’ Phoenix Logistics Center, a state-of-the-art warehouse, distribution and manufacturing campus located at the southeast corner of 91st Avenue and Buckeye Road in Phoenix, within the I-10 Corridor.

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