Warehouse, Distribution Centers & Industrial

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For over 30 years, March has been building industrial buildings such as warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing plants, recycling centers and more in the tri-state area and beyond.

Industrial construction has changed—design aesthetics now have a higher priority than in the past. Industrial companies realize that the way their plants look can make a positive difference in their brand image, community relationships, and corporate citizenship.

But at its heart, the development of an industrial site is a practical matter of dollars and cents. That hasn’t changed. A facility intended for manufacturing or other industrial activities must be efficient and cost-effective, with space and infrastructure tailored for its specific purpose.

In choosing a partner to serve as designer/builder, construction manager, or general contractor for industrial plant development, a company needs to look for the right combination of experience, skills, and services. March Associates has it all—and we have the long-term, trusted client relationships to prove it.

Distribution centers (DCs) are the nerve centers of supply chains. Whether it’s a retail DC getting inventory to stores or an e-commerce warehouse delivering merchandise directly to consumers, DCs are vital to the flow of goods in our economy.

The location, design, construction, and outfitting of a distribution center is all about fast, efficient material handling—to minimize the cost of moving goods from manufacturers to consumers.

At March Associates, we know how to plan, design, and build DCs. We have developed dozens of retail distribution centers, e-commerce DCs, and refrigerated warehouses.

Building a distribution center begins with site development. Just as in the housing market, the rule is: location, location, location. A DC has to be near transportation (highways, airports, rail junctions) to increase speed of delivery and decrease distribution costs, such as fuel. Location is also important to access a good local labor pool to staff the facility.

A good site plan for a DC will take into account not only the space needed today, but also tomorrow’s potential needs. The site should be able to handle expansion. The building itself should be flexible to accommodate reconfiguration. Inside a DC, ceiling height is a critical consideration; outside, yard space is key.Pre-construction and design/build services are also important in DC development. Sustainable, “green” building design and construction is especially significant today—a best practice for both the environment and the bottom line.

For example, carefully planning and designing a DC’s utility infrastructure, HVAC systems, ventilation controls, and lighting are essential to save energy and reduce operating costs. These systems are also vital to provide ergonomic comfort for workers—so they can be more productive.

Equally important in DC planning and construction: safety and security considerations, such as access control, fire walls, and fire-suppression systems. At March Associates, we know the applicable building codes inside and out, throughout New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Retail Distribution Center Development & Construction

Retail DCs receive bulk shipments from suppliers and ship out mixed-goods orders to retail stores. The most efficient retail DCs incorporate highly automated material handling systems (such as conveyors, sortation systems, and palletizing equipment), advanced information technology (like Warehouse Management Systems), and cross-docking capabilities as well as standard put-away and order-picking operations.

March Associates’ most prominent client for retail distribution center construction is ProLogis, the world's largest owner, manager, and developer of distribution facilities. We are proud to help ProLogis fulfill its mandate to build every DC to meet the energy efficiency standards required for LEED certification.

E-Commerce Distribution Center Development & Construction

The most challenging part of any e-commerce supply chain is the “last mile”—delivering an individual product into the hands of the person who ordered it. This link in the chain is the costliest part of a product’s journey. That’s what is driving technology innovations like drone delivery.

At March Associates, our most prominent client for e-commerce distribution center construction is FedEx, a name synonymous with market leadership, innovation, and—like us—reliable on-time delivery.

Refrigerated Warehousing Development & Construction

Refrigerated warehousing—also known as cold storage or cold chain—is a special subset of retail distribution. The unique needs of refrigerated warehouses—high energy use, insulation, ultra-efficient space utilization—require the developer, designer and general contractor to have deep, specialized knowledge and experience.

At March Associates, we can manage the entire development and construction of cold storage facilities, from start to finish. We know the special infrastructure needs, building design considerations, and energy management requirements.

Manufacturing Plant Development & Construction

March Associates specializes in LEED-certified industrial construction to save energy, use space efficiently, and reduce waste. We know that sustainable, “green” building practices are good for both the environment and a manufacturer’s bottom line. An investment in LEED certification typically takes only a few years to be recouped in lower operating costs.

A manufacturing plant’s physical layout, utility infrastructure, HVAC systems, ventilation controls, and lighting design are all critical to reduce energy consumption and minimize recurring costs. These systems are also essential for ergonomic comfort—so workers can be as productive as possible.

Safety, information and security features—like access control, fiber network runs, and fire-suppression systems—are also important in manufacturing plant design and construction. At March Associates, our experts know the relevant building codes inside and out, across New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Recycling Center Development & Construction

March Associates can provide comprehensive design/build, construction, and general contracting services for complex industrial projects. The recycling centers we built in Beacon, New York, and Linden, New Jersey, are excellent examples.

At the Hudson Baylor recycling plant in Beacon, in the lower Hudson River Valley, we designed the mechanical, electric and plumbing systems (MEPS), as well as the steel-frame structure itself. We also did an unusual amount of concrete and steel work to accommodate the plant’s heavy dumping, sorting, and processing activities. And we proposed and value-engineered an intricate retaining wall system that was key to the integrity of the site.