Proj Overview

Situated near John F. Kennedy International Airport at the apex of major highways with access to New York, New Jersey and several shipping ports, this three-story e-commerce warehouse facilitates last-mile delivery in the New York City region. The 520 precast insulated wall pieces consist of stacked 8-foot-wide painted wall panels. The non-composite extruded precast walls provide a thermal envelope for the structure in a region prone to inclement weather.

Access was limited due to a tight construction site so logistics had to be coordinated to minimize impact to surrounding areas. The schedule also played a crucial role in the success of this project with installation of the panels commencing in the winter. Working with the general contractor, the precaster was able to coordinate on time on site deliveries which eliminated the need to store panels on site and occupy drop lots in a high-density city center. The use of precast concrete insulated walls also minimized the number of trades involved which allowed the building to be enclosed in just 49 days.

Due to its location in a populous city center, as well as being near the coast, it was required that the building exterior provide both security and protection from the elements. The use of precast accomplished this goal by providing the structure the resiliency and durability needed to secure and protect the building occupants.


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Project Team


Ware Malcomb  


Thornton Tomasetti


March Associates Construction


JFK Logistics Center LLC

PCI-Certified Precast Producer


PCI-Certified Erector


Key Project Attributes

  • Precast concrete was used due to construction speed and minimized number of trades needed on site; precast wall panels were installed in just 49 days
  • The use of precast also ensured the building exterior would provide both security and protection from the elements
  • The design focuses on defining the project’s identity within the urban context while providing optimal industrial functionality making precast concrete the perfect candidate

Project/Precast Scope

  • Construction of a 140,000 square foot industrial warehouse building
  • 520 8” thick precast insulated wall panels, 8 feet wide, stacked 2-3 panels high
  • Panels feature a painted form finish