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.
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.
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.