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Industrial properties can also vary quite a bit in size, depending on their specific use-cases

For instance:

Warehouses are generally large, one-story buildings with high ceilings (18 – 32 ft clear) and multiple dock high (48 inches) loading doors on either the front or back of the building to accommodate the loading and unloading of larger trucks. 

Warehouse buildings are usually used for storage and distribution, which means only a small amount of office space is needed and most of the space will be dedicated to storing products and inventory. 

Warehouses also usually have large concrete truck courts to accommodate frequent traffic from 18-wheelers and large box trucks.

Some warehouse users may also have specific HVAC requirements. Most distribution warehouse spaces are not air-conditioned. However, more and more tenants are adding air conditioning to their warehouse spaces in order to attract employees.

It’s important for prospective tenants to understand the condition of the HVAC system in a space when considering warehouse options.

Heavy Manufacturing

This category of industrial property is really a special use category that most large manufacturers would fall under.

These types of properties are heavily customized with machinery for the end user, and usually require substantial renovation to re-purpose for another tenant.

Light Assembly

These structures are much simpler than heavy manufacturing properties, and usually can be easily reconfigured. Typical uses include storage, product assembly, and office space.

Flex Warehouse

Flex space is an industrial property that can be easily converted and normally includes a mix of both industrial and office space.

Flex space can also be considered mixed-use.

Flex buildings are, by design, “flexible” and allow for a wide range of office and warehouse uses. They can be used for many purposes and are easier to retrofit to meet a company’s needs than typical warehouse buildings.

This flexibility is ideal for a wide range of companies that need office space with a warehouse component. Flex buildings usually have slightly-lower ceiling clear height (14 – 24 ft clear) and have a larger percentage of office space than a typical distribution warehouse building. They also have more parking and nicer landscaping than other industrial buildings.

Most flex buildings have some type of overhead loading doors, but tenants should be sure the loading situation works for their use. The loading areas in flex buildings can be dock high, or grade-level (ground-level), and older buildings may even have semi docks (2 ft) that can accommodate smaller box trucks and vans.   

Flex space can work well for value office tenants like start-ups, because the rates are typically much lower compared to traditional office space and can accommodate more parking than bulk warehouse buildings. 

Research and Development Uses

Flex buildings are often preferred by companies doing research and development in the technology and biotechnology industries. 

Research and development spaces are usually a mix of office, testing areas and smaller warehouse space, depending on the needs of the tenant. They usually require slightly more power than typical flex space for testing equipment and can sometimes be highly specialized.

For example, a 40,000-sf electronics tenant may have a 10,000-sf office space for their executive, administrative and sales teams at the front of the building, with 20,000-sf of warehouse for product manufacturing and storage, and 10,000-sf of space set up as an electrical testing lab. 

Bulk Distribution Warehouse

These properties are very large, normally in the range of 50,000-1,000,000 square feet.

Often these properties are used for regional distribution of products and require easy access by trucks entering and exiting highway systems.

Bulk distribution warehouses are ideal for tenants such as logistics and distribution companies who need to ship goods to businesses or consumers.

These buildings typically have 5% to 10% of the overall square footage dedicated to office area with the rest dedicated to warehouse space. They also have lower parking ratios than other types of industrial buildings, because there are usually fewer employees working in these spaces and little (or no) customer traffic.  

Location is a key factor for logistics and distribution companies when choosing a building because most of their business is done through truck transportation. Because of this, these buildings are usually located on or near major interstates and thoroughfares in order to make it easily accessible for 18-wheelers and allow for direct connection to other major cities.

Depending on how tenants receive and distribute their goods, it can also be important to be located near an airport. 

Specialized Warehouses

Some warehouse buildings are used by tenants with specialized needs such as manufacturing, cold storage and data centers.

Manufacturing Buildings

Unlike most bulk distribution warehouses, manufacturing buildings often have highly specialized infrastructure and finishes, including heavy electrical power.

Depending on a company’s needs they may also have user-specific drainage, ductwork, ventilation systems, oversized loading docks, and water, gas or chemical lines.  

Manufacturing buildings often house companies who are producing products using special machinery, chemicals or materials.

Semiconductor manufacturers, breweries, food producers and machinery manufacturers are some of the types of businesses needing manufacturing space.

Cold Storage Buildings

Another highly specialized use for warehouse buildings is cold storage. Most cold storage facilities are built specifically for large national food distribution and manufacturing companies.

Cold storage warehouses have large-capacity coolers and freezers to store food or other temperature-sensitive items. This type of storage may also require a specialized foundation because the freezing, often sub-zero, temperatures in the coolers can cause slabs to crack. 

Because of the types of products arriving and being distributed, these buildings also require seals on their docks and insulated overhead doors to keep the products cold.

Data Centers

Data center tenants are another specialized user for warehouse buildings. Data centers typically house rows and rows of computer servers, massive amounts of cabling, telecommunications equipment and have very few employees.

To support this data storage, these buildings require large amounts of electricity from reliable and consistent power sources.

These buildings almost always include backup generators as well as extensive security systems. Data centers are found in areas with at least two power stations nearby.

These “redundant power” sources help ensure that in the event of a power failure or system issues, the data storage will not be affected and ensures zero downtime.

Data center users also typically require at least two fiber providers to their space to ensure the flow of information should a single fiber provider lose connectivity.  

Depending on the tenant, the flooring sometimes has to be customized and raised for cabling and cooling for the equipment. These types of buildings also require robust supplemental HVAC systems to keep the servers and other equipment cool.  

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