With large-scale distribution space in high demand in the Inland Empire, Panattoni Development Company Inc. and PGIM Real Estate have begun construction on Building 1, a free-standing 1,264,102-square-foot industrial building at the Rialto Fulfillment Center in Rialto, California, according to a release from a representative of PGIM and JLL. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.
According to the statement, Rialto Fulfillment Center is a 2.25-million-square-foot state-of-the-art fulfillment and distribution complex situated on approximately 122 acres at 3520 South Cactus Avenue. The two-building project, planned for LEED® Gold certification, is immediately adjacent to FedEx’s main Ground Facility Campus and close to UPS’s Meridian Hub and Regional Air Hub.
Building 1 will be a 1 cross-dock facility with internal truck drive-around capability, the release says. This project will feature 40-foot-minimum warehouse clearance height (6 inches inside the first column), ESFR sprinkler system, 8-inch minimum flat (no slope) Ductilcrete warehouse slab, 56-foot by 60-foot typical bay spacing with 70-foot speed bays and 4,000-amp building service (with base infrastructure for 12,000 amps), the rep reports.
The Rialto Fulfillment Center has been designed for e-commerce users, who need the extra floor space, flat slab, and a higher ceiling height for maximum storage racking and specialized equipment to breakdown bulk shipments quickly and prepare goods for distribution, according to the statement. Additionally, Building 1 is planned to have “exceptional” loading capabilities with 196 dock high doors, four grade-level loading doors, two fully secured truck courts (185 feet to 439 feet, 7 inches), 544 off-dock trailer stalls, and 685 auto parking stalls.
Jacob LeBlanc, partner for the Orange County/Inland Empire Panattoni office, is quoted in the release as saying, “We continue to see strong demand for modern big-box industrial buildings throughout the Inland Empire. The current vacancy for buildings 1 million square feet and greater is approximately 2 percent. Relative to supply, the 1 million-square-feet-and-greater size segment is the hottest segment in the Inland Empire with the most limited supply and greatest demand.”
LeBlanc adds that Rialto Fulfillment Center is “perfect for a 3PL, e-commerce, or fulfillment company to occupy one of the premier projects and cross-dock facilities in the Inland Empire.”
The rep also reports that JLL’s Peter McWilliams, Mike McCrary, and Ruben Goodsell will be leading the leasing efforts at the project.