Oakmont to Build Green Warehouse at Jax Port Project

Oakmont Industrial Group will develop an 849,000-square-foot LEED-certified bulk distribution building as the sole building at its 75-acre NorthPort Logistics Center on New Berlin Road in Jacksonville, Fla. As CPN reported in April, Oakmont purchased the development rights to what was then known as New Berlin Commerce Park from Schafer Development. Ground is expected to be broken by mid-September, with delivery scheduled for summer 2009. Tom Cobb, Oakmont senior vice president of development, told CPN that the original plans had been for three buildings, but that Oakmont decided to go with a single, larger building. “Our goal is to have one or two tenants for that building,” he said, although more tenants, down to a minimum of about 200,000 square feet, is also a possibility. Oakmont does not have any specific tenants in its sights, Cobb said, calling the building “totally speculative.” He declined to place a dollar value on the project; the purchase price of the land was reported elsewhere as $10.5 million. The building will feature cross-dock loading, provisions for tri-dock loading, 32-foot minimum clear height, 221 dock-high doors, four drive-in doors with ramps, 60-foot staging bays, 54-foot racking bays, staging for 24 tractor-trailers and 372 trailer storage spaces. It will also meet Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) physical security requirements. The architects are Randall Paulson Architects, and the general contractor is The Conlan Co. NorthPort will be LEED Core and Shell Certified, resulting in a minimum 20 percent reduction in power consumption, 50 percent reduction in outdoor water consumption and 20 percent reduction in indoor water consumption. In addition, Oakmont anticipates diverting 75 percent of the construction waste from landfill disposal. The site is 3.5 miles from the Blount Island Marine Terminal and 2.5 miles from a $220 million, 160-acre container terminal under construction for Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, which will be completed in early 2009. In addition, Korean shipping giant Hanjin is reportedly close to nailing down a deal with the Port of Jacksonville to develop a $360 million, 170-acre container terminal; it could be operational by 2011. Founded in 1996, Oakmont Industrial Group is active on both coasts and has a development pipeline currently totaling 12.5 million square feet, focusing on Class A bulk distribution space. Its tenants include Kimberly-Clark, Home Depot, Firestone, General Motors, Sears Logistics Services, Chick-fil-A, BellSouth, DHL Logistics, Illinois Tool Works, Ford and Continental Airlines.