Mas­sive fa­cil­ity at High Plains site will con­sol­i­date re­gion’s ware­house ca­pac­ity

Calgary Herald - - CITY+REGION - DAVID PARKER David Parker ap­pears reg­u­larly in the Her­ald. Read his col­umns on­line at cal­gary­her­ald.com/ busi­ness. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at info@david­parker.ca.

“Ex­cel­lent trans­porta­tion ef­fi­cien­cies, out­stand­ing labour force and com­pelling real es­tate eco­nomics,” are sound rea­sons that Adrian Munro, pres­i­dent of High­field In­vest­ment Group, gives for the suc­cess of his High Plains In­dus­trial Park.

Lo­cated along High­way 566, just east of the Cross­iron Mills shop­ping cen­tre in Rocky View County, it has been cho­sen by Lowe’s Canada as the site for a new 1,230,000-square-foot dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre. The huge fa­cil­ity rep­re­sents an in­vest­ment of more than $120 mil­lion by one of Canada’s lead­ing home­im­prove­ment re­tail­ers, op­er­at­ing or ser­vic­ing more than 470 cor­po­rate and af­fil­i­ated stores un­der dif­fer­ent ban­ners.

“This new dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre will al­low us to sub­stan­tially en­hance our dis­tri­bu­tion net­work ca­pac­ity and serve our Lowe’s and Rona af­fil­i­ated deal­ers through­out Western Canada,” says Gre­gor Stu­art, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of sup­ply chain at Lowe’s.

Great news for this area, it will con­sol­i­date the ca­pac­ity of sev­eral ex­ist­ing Lowe’s Canada satel­lite ware­houses and re­gional dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres in the Cal­gary mar­ket. The com­pany’s ex­ist­ing dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre, at 2015 60th Street S.E., will not be af­fected by the new project and will re­main in op­er­a­tion.

Reeve Greg Boehlke says Rocky View County “is de­lighted to wel­come an­other Lowe’s fa­cil­ity,” adding that “the county has fo­cused on at­tract­ing world-class fa­cil­i­ties through strong trans­porta­tion cor­ri­dors, com­pet­i­tive taxes and rea­son­able reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments.”

Lowe’s Canada was brought to High Plains In­dus­trial Park by Mar­shall Toner, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and na­tional lead of in­dus­trial for JLL Canada, work­ing with Iain Fer­gu­son, the ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of in­dus­trial and lo­gis­tics in the CBRE Cal­gary of­fice who rep­re­sents the park in all real es­tate mat­ters.

It was a big ven­ture to pull to­gether a 69-acre site to ac­com­mo­date the needs for a 1.23-mil­lion-square-foot build­ing with 406 trailer park­ing stalls. De­signed by Har­ris Ar­chi­tects based in Chicago, con­struc­tion by Clark Builders will be­gin this month, with an es­ti­mated com­ple­tion date of fall of 2021. It will have a 36-foot clear height, 74 dock doors and in­clude a 325,000-square-foot racked area, a 625,000-square-foot bulk stor­age area, an 11,000-square-foot main of­fice, and a 7,000-square­foot ware­house of­fice.

Lowe’s says High Plains of­fers plenty of room to ac­com­mo­date its large space re­quire­ments as well as fu­ture ex­pan­sion ca­pac­ity. An­other key el­e­ment in the choice of the park was the highly ef­fi­cient ac­cess to High­way 2 and Stoney Trail, ideal to serve Cal­gary, Ed­mon­ton and many other cities across Western Canada. A com­pany spokesper­son said it is also ap­pre­cia­tive of the fact that the park has been con­cep­tu­al­ized with a fo­cus on the en­vi­ron­ment, through an in­no­va­tive and so­phis­ti­cated man­age­ment sys­tem that nat­u­rally fil­ters and cleans all stormwa­ter via a se­ries of on-site ponds and wet­lands.

The 1,100-acre, mas­ter-planned in­dus­trial park is home to many other cor­po­rate clients with big-build­ing needs, in­clud­ing GFS, Smucker’s, Borger, Sobeys, Home De­pot and Penske. Re­mark­ably, by the time the new Lowe’s build­ing is com­pleted, the largest mas­ter-planned in­dus­trial park in Western Canada will have five mil­lion square feet un­der roof, all since con­struc­tion in­cep­tion in 2012.

High­field In­vest­ment Group is a Cal­gary-based com­pany that op­er­ates and man­ages as­sets in res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial real es­tate de­vel­op­ments, con­struc­tion, prop­erty man­age­ment, oil and gas, hos­pi­tal­ity and farm­ing, and a thor­ough­bred rac­ing and breed­ing op­er­a­tion.

Lowe’s and its re­lated busi­nesses serve about 18 mil­lion cus­tomers a week in the U.S. and Canada, with sales in 2019 of $72.1 bil­lion through home im­prove­ment and hard­ware stores; in Canada the com­pa­nies have more than 26,000 as­so­ciates, in ad­di­tion to about 5,000 em­ploy­ees.

Notes: West­cor Con­struc­tion is well known in the lo­cal in­dus­try for its ded­i­ca­tion to help­ing this com­mu­nity in many ar­eas of sup­port. Mon­day, via an Un-con­fer­ence, it is be­ing rec­og­nized by the Cana­dian Na­tional Con­struc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (CCA) with its Com­mu­nity Leader Award. CCA cited the com­pany’s in­spir­ing Build­ing a Bet­ter Com­mu­nity — A West­cor Peo­ple First Ini­tia­tive, which pro­posed 15 sig­na­ture acts of kind­ness dur­ing its 15th an­niver­sary year, with each ac­tiv­ity em­pha­siz­ing sweat eq­uity rather than writ­ing a cheque. It showed West­cor has amaz­ing em­ploy­ees and in­cred­i­ble busi­ness part­ners who stepped up when­ever they were asked for help.

An artist’s ren­der­ing of the new Lowe’s Canada ware­house.

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