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Ecommerce users have driven the need for large-box industrial facilities over 500,000 square feet—but that isn’t all. The specs and features at these new class-A industrial facilities have also grown tremendously, from 37-foot clear heights to 185-foot concrete truck courts. Trammell Crow Co. recently completed three spec industrial projects totaling 2.4 million square feet, and went big with their specs to target ecommerce and distribution center users.

“Buildings need to be more efficient with higher clear heights, and that was for all different users, not just ecommerce users,” Tom Bak, senior managing director at Trammell Crow Co. in the firm’s Orange County office, tells GlobeSt.com. “New facilities were needed because existing buildings had specs like 24-foot clear heights. There is so much more efficiency in today’s specs, with 37-foot clear heights. The material handling systems have changed as well, whether it be through traditional racking systems to, in many cases, robotics.”

Of course, increased building sizes accommodate these larger specs, which increase efficiency. Bak says that in the 1980s, building sizes averaged 25,000 to 50,000 square feet. Today, the average new development size is more than 500,000 square feet. “A lot of that was really driven by the reconfiguration of the whole supply chain network,” he says. For that reason, a lot of the new development projects that fit the needs of ecommerce users are taking place in the Inland Empire, including the company’s three recent projects.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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