Plans are under way for what’s being described as both the largest planned logistics and business park and the largest net zero logistics development in North America. Located in Moreno Valley, Calif., the $25 billion World Logistics Center aims to boost the supply chain capabilities of Southern California.
The facility, which will be constructed over seven years, will serve as a distribution center for destinations across the continent. The development also will include walkable streets, cafes, restaurants, spaces for arts and culture, breweries, and public space.
Owned by real estate developer Highland Fairview, with Stantec as the prime consultant, the World Logistics Center will contain over 40 million sf of facilities across 2,600 acres. The facility will make use of intelligent technologies to increase shipping efficiency, improve use of transportation resources, and reduce carbon emissions. Housing multiple national brands and logistics providers, the center will be able to deliver overnight to 11 Western states and within three days to any destination in the continental U.S.
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The net zero development will have over 40 million sf of rooftop space for solar integration. It will leverage both autonomous vehicle (AV) and electric vehicle (EV) technologies, including 1,080 EV charging stations. The developer has been in discussions to acquire zero-emission semi-trucks and possibly AV shuttles for travel within the development. With onsite battery storage and microgrids, the facility is expected not to rely on the external power grid. The center also will prioritize water conservation, with an anticipated savings of 653 million of gallons of water each year.
Stantec’s project team, which will include 300 professionals, will provide civil engineering, industrial buildings architecture, geomatics, water and wastewater design, landscape architecture, urban planning, smart mobility and AV consulting, funding consulting, and energy and innovation design.
Project design is currently under way, with construction slated to start this year and to conclude in 2030.