Manufacturing Best Project - ALDI Regional Headquarters and Distribution Center
ALDI Regional Headquarters and Distribution Center
BEST PROJECT, MANUFACTURING
Owner ALDI Inc.
Lead Designer HPA Inc.
Contractor Graycor Construction Co. Inc.
Civil Engineer Air Control Systems Inc.
Structural Engineer HSA & Associates Inc.
MEP Engineer Huitt-Zollars
Cold Storage Specialty Designer Webber Smith & Associates
Interior Architect KDI Design
Subcontractors Guy Yocom Construction; Schuff Steel; Pro-Craft; ACS; Republic Refrigeration; Gregg Electric
When ALDI decided to expand to the West Coast with a new regional headquarters and distribution center, the company wanted this large-scale facility to also be sustainable. To accomplish this, the retail grocery chain selected Graycor Construction Co. as their design-build partner and then purchased an entitled property that already had some civil engineering, architectural and other design components underway.
Working on a tight construction schedule, the team slightly altered the building design, while minimizing deviations from the entitlement and conforming to the state’s environmental conditions. The result was an 835,000-sq-ft, LEED Gold facility that meets new seismic regulations, California Green Building Standards Code and Title 24, as well as other site-specific requirements.
The headquarters houses 270,000 sq ft of cold storage space, 480,000 sq ft of ambient dry storage space, 50,000 sq ft of Class-A corporate office space and 30,000 sq ft of miscellaneous space. Building construction consisted of conventional shallow foundations, a 7-in.-thick shrinkage-compensating floor slab with a dewatered topping slab, load-bearing tilt walls, conventional structural steel and conventional metal deck.
Since the facility was the first structure to be erected in a future business park, the team was faced with a considerable infrastructure work on roads and utility upgrades. These challenges included getting water to the site for grading operations and fire prevention in drought-stricken Southern California.
Through careful coordination, the team created an onsite reservoir with a liner to increase the amount of stored water, and outfitted the project trailer compound with a water reservoir for firefighting until the permanent 24-inch waterline was installed.