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FedEx Distribution Facility

Summarize the project's program, features and achievements?

FedEx's new state-of-the-art distribution center in Richmond, CA is designed to have zero emissions within five years of operation and is regarded as the greenest distribution facility in the west with infrastructure enabled to support its electric fleet. Construction included 80 concrete tilt-up panels averaging 42′ tall. The facility includes 45 dock bays at the rear and front of the building for electric delivery trucks. Overaa's scope of work included several lot line adjustments, extensive ground improvements, landscaping, and off-site roadway and drainage improvements. The FedEx facility was one of three buildings totaling 334,700 SF built for the developer at the large site.

What obstacles were overcome related to the schedule, budget, program, specification, site, etc. on this project?

This project was in the works for several years and required extensive collaboration with the developer and engineering team to meet budget and project milestones. Phase one of the project included a ground improvement package including soil compaction and a surcharge program to make the site ready. The project included three separate buildings - the FedEx Distribution Warehouse, a guard house, and a spec building.

Right after the July 4th holiday weekend Overaa's craftspeople successfully stood 80+ panels in just four working days. These panels varied in size, weighing 150,000 lbs on average. With over 15,000 lineal feet of reveal, our craftspeople managed to achieve perfect alignment of the architectural reveal.

Due to covid related delays to the originally specified roof joists, we redesigned the roofing system to include wide flange metal decking. Once the tilt panels were erected, the roof structure package commenced. With more than 1,200 I-Beams and expansive decking, Overaa's team successfully completed the work with not a single embed out of alignment.

Please communicate any engineering complexities or unique features of the panel design for this project?

The entire interior wall surface area is covered up with R19 insulation that assists with the “R" value of the facility. The warehouse floor has (12) 10-ton HVAC exhaust fans on top of roof diaphragm that is synchronized with a state of the art CO2 monitoring system so if the building senses emissions, the fans will immediately kick on and disburse the emission out through the roof deck.

What is the potential for this project's impact on the community and/or environment?

This structure was deemed the Greenest Distribution Facility within the Western regions for FedEx distribution. The interior floor plan had a unique, first of its kind vehicle charging system with 8 van lines for interior bus ways providing 480V power to the vehicles below. With over 8,000 amps leading into the building, Overaa proposed a phased approached to energizing the building. We coordinated with Pacific Gas and Electric to break the building up into two phases in order to meet the client's needs and hit the schedule milestones. The facility's sustainability goal is to have Zero emission five years after the start of operations.

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Project Location

Richmond, CA 94801
United States

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
HSA and Associates

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Distribution Center
Paint (Flat)
Angled Panels (Elevation-Edge/Shape)
Cantilevered Panels
Embedded Items
Interlocking Panels
Shadow Panels
Post Applied (Interior)
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
80 panels
Total Floor Area:
190,000 sq ft (17,651 sq m)
Project Footprint:
334,700 sq ft (31,094 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
49 ft 11 in (15.21 m)
Widest Panel:
29 ft 0 in (8.84 m)
Largest Panel:
1,450 sq ft (134.7 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
250,000 lbs (113,398 kg)
Recycled Content:
184 tons (US)