Distribution Center was one of the finest facilities of its kind in the world
when it was built. This project
represented a leap in the operations of Broadmoor in the early 1990’s, as it
represented the largest contract for design-build services in the state of
Louisiana, and certainly the largest single project ever contracted by
Broadmoor. It set a bar that Broadmoor
has built upon and continues to raise in the construction industry for
excellence in design-build services.
and robotic technology, the center could stock, store, and retrieve merchandise
with increased speed and efficiency. The facility was designed to distribute
the merchandise for 200 stores across the Southeast. The warehouse featured 1.1 million square
feet of "super-flat” floors that were calibrated to within 1/16th of an inch in
order to accommodate the robotic vehicles that managed the movement of
merchandise. It took 255,000 cubic feet
of cement to lay the foundation of the facility.
At 60,000,000 cubic
square feet of volume, the warehouse stacked merchandise in aisles to a height
of 25 feet. The building also had 6
miles of computerized conveyor systems.
The structure required 8,000,000 tons of steel to build, enough to
complete half of a 600 foot Navy ship.
Ten years after
much of the building was destroyed by a fire, the warehouse portion of the
project is still in use today for distribution and warehousing for several
companies in the Almonaster Michoud Industrial District of New Orleans.
Owner: Pic N’ Save West Coast Liquidators, Inc.
Contract Value: $42,000,000
Size: 1.24 million square feet
Services: Design-Build Contractor