ARCO provided design and construction services for Amazon’s 650,000 square foot sorting facility in Central New Jersey. Sort centers act as waystations between Amazon Fulfillment Centers and the customers who receive products and are a critical aspect of Amazon’s delivery network. The state of the art facility is the first of its kindon the East Coast for the eCommerce giant.

Liberty Property Trust engaged ARCO to complete the construction of a speculative facility; and when Amazon signed a lease for the building, ARCO was challenged to adapt the design to accommodate the unique needs of Amazon’s sorting processes, conveying equipment and shipping.

The project was under construction when he developer signed the lease with Amazon, so ARCO had to work quickly to adapt the design. Working closely with Liberty Property Trust and Amazon as a collaborative team, ARCO used a streamlined process to design, schedule, procure and coordinate the work of the base building and interior fit out. Drawing on previous eCommerce experience, the ARCO team was able to meet the aggressive schedule and budget expectations of the client. The critical coordination items of work included MEP infrastructure to support the conveying systems and temperature-controlled areas.

Design and construction for this four-phase project included construction of a 614,000-square-foot tilt-wall building with loading bays, docks, parking spaces and tractor-trailer spaces, and 40,000 square-foot office.

The project included 97 full dock positions, 40,000lb hydraulic levelers, 7000 amp primary electrical service with dedicated transformers and switchgear and a 300kw natural gas generator for security and backup.

This facility achieved LEED Gold Certification.