PREMIER Design + Build Group breaks ground on large warehouse project for Sterling Bay

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PREMIER Design + Build Group (PREMIER) has just broken ground on a 153,000-sq. ft. speculative warehouse for Chicago-based developer Sterling Bay.

The building is designed for maximum flexibility. It will be constructed of precast concrete and steel, with 30′ clear height ceilings. Its design features 31 exterior truck doors and two drive-in doors and includes an Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR) sprinkler system.

The site will include 161 parking stalls on the nine-acre site, which has extensive frontage on I-55. It is located at 1035 South Frontage Rd., south of Interstate 55 near Cass Avenue.

PREMIER expects the building to be completed and ready for occupancy by November 2019.

The groundbreaking ceremony (Images provided by PREMIER Design + Build Group).

PREMIER’s president/owner Alan Zocher spoke at the May 9 groundbreaking ceremony: “We’re very excited about this project. Once completed, it will be a true asset to Sterling Bay and to the city of Darien. It has been a pleasure working with Sterling Bay and NAI Hiffman, along with the lenders, architects and engineers.”

Carl Graves will serve as project manager, working with Gary Schlinger as superintendent. Other key members the project team include Ron Nelsen, senior vice-president/field operations for the firm’s Midwest division, project executive Joseph Ahrens, and senior vice-president/Midwest market leader Michael Long.

“In-fill sites of this size and quality, with great visibility on I-55, are very rare,” explained Mark Barbato, Sterling Bay’s director, Industrial Division. “We’re excited to deliver this project to the market and we’re already seeing strong tenant interest.”

PREMIER and Sterling Bay were joined at the groundbreaking by Darien Mayor Joseph A. Marchese. “This is a beautiful facility that will bring a lot … in terms of advancing the city of Darien,” Marchese said.

PREMIER and Sterling Bay are teaming with Cornerstone Architects Ltd. for architectural design services and Spaceco for civil engineering.


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