First Industrial Realty Trust Opens New Distribution Center
Leading Provider of Diversified Industrial Real Estate Debuts New Facility in Waxahachie, Texas
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - May 1, 2006 - First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR) is the nation's largest provider of diversified industrial real estate. The company owns or manages more than 90 million square feet of commercial properties with a total market value of more than $4.0 billion, in America's top 29 markets.
In 2005 First Industrial Realty Trust had the opportunity to expand their north Texas properties with a new distribution center in Waxahachie, a growing city just south of Dallas. They worked with general contractor Bob Moore Construction to create a new 201,500 SF building to meet the tenant's current needs, with space for future growth.
The new distribution center features 26 loading bays and a 32-foot ceiling height in the warehouse area. A small lobby and break area welcomes visitors in the northeast corner. Space is available on the property for up to 182,000 SF of building expansion. Various infrastructure additions were also required to support the new building, to include extending gas lines by more than a mile, putting in city sanitary sewer and water lines and building two streets.
"The tenant is looking forward to getting in and starting operations," said Dana Schmidt, Development Manager for First Industrial Development Services. "We're very pleased with the building as well."
The Waxahachie Distribution Center is the latest collaboration between First Industrial Realty Trust and Bob Moore Construction.
"We currently have several projects under construction with First Industrial Realty Trust and we always enjoy the opportunity to work with first class professionals like Dana Schmidt," said Ed McGuire, Vice President of Construction for Bob Moore Construction. "When you work with experienced developers, it really makes a project run more smoothly. This project is a case in point - our biggest challenges were probably in the infrastructure work and not in the building itself. The city is happy with the streets and First Industrial and the tenant are both pleased with the building. I'm confident that our future collaborations will be just as successful."
"It was an excellent experience working with Bob Moore Construction," said Schmidt. "The site superintendent, Ray Garcia, was great. He really handled things very well. Every developer likes it when you get one call a week from the jobsite with an update rather than four calls per day about problems. It was just a very smooth project. We've worked with Bob Moore Construction in the past and hope to work more together in the future."
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A recipient of the QUOIN / AGC General Contractor of the Year Award, the TEXO / AGC Summit Award for Construction Excellence and the Texas Building Branch-AGC Outstanding Construction Award, Bob Moore Construction has been one of the most respected commercial construction companies in Texas since 1946. An industry leader in tilt-up construction, the company was the first general contractor in the United States to be formally certified as a TCA Certified Company by the Tilt-up Concrete Association (TCA). Bob Moore Construction was also one of the first general contractors in North Texas to be accepted into the OSHA Local Partnership program in recognition of its superior safety program. The company's portfolio includes a wide range of commercial buildings, from warehouses and distribution centers to office buildings and retail stores. Whether it is providing general contractor, design / build or construction management services, Bob Moore Construction's goal remains the same: to deliver quality construction projects on time and in budget. Bob Moore Construction is a member of TEXO / Associated General Contractors of America, American Concrete Institute and a sustaining member of the TCA.
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