Alcorn Construction's most significant challenge with building the $58.8 million Palm Gateway Logistics Center in Mesa is hardly a secret in the construction industry. “It’s the coordination and handling of supply chain issues, which are continuously changing,” says Jim Roland, Alcorn’s senior vice president - Arizona.
But the general contractor is doing its best to turn the hurdles into an opportunity for innovation. “Due to supply chain issues, this project will use a castellated beam system,” Roland says. “This system is more readily available and carries other benefits such as cost savings and better support while weighing a fraction of what normal steel beams weigh.”
The four-building Palm Gateway Logistics Center is 613,000 square feet of concrete tilt-up industrial development at the northeast corner of Sossaman and Pecos roads. The 40-acre property borders the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, is directly connected to the Union Pacific Railroad line, and is in the Pecos Advanced Manufacturing Zone, one of Mesa's opportunity zones.
The buildings range from roughly 93,000 sf to 288,000 sf, and feature LED lighting, an ESFR sprinkler system, and 30-foot clear heights. “When completed, the development will have 143 dock-high doors and eight grade-level doors,” Roland says. “From the development, it’s a seven-minute drive to SR-202, and amenities and restaurants are just five minutes away. In addition, it aims to be LEED-certified upon completion.”
Alcorn is working with the developer, Logistics Property Company; the architect, Ware Malcomb, and the civil engineer, SWS, while Colliers International is the project’s broker. Subcontractors include Rikoshea Contracting, Inc. for earthwork, Suntec Concrete, Next Level Steel, 8G Solutions for glazing, Diversified Roofing, AME Electrical, SiteWorks LLC for landscaping, and RCI Fire Systems.
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This article originally appeared in the bimonthly Arizona Contractor & Community magazine, May/Jun 2023 issue, Vol. 12, No. 3.