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Biagi Bros./Jackson Family Wines distribution center 1200 Green Island Road, American Canyon
Owner and developer: Scannell Properties, Indianapolis
Description: 650,000-square-foot distribution facility on nearly 35 acres, with 12,773 square feet of office space and about 630,000 square feet of warehouse and industrial space. The building has 24 truck dock doors, with the ability to add 20 more, and 14 rail car doors opening to a 1,600-foot-long private rail spur. The staging area has 106 parking spaces and room for 30 truck trailers.
Completion: Oct. 14, 2009
General contractor: Sierra View General Contractor, Granite Bay
Architecture: structure and interiors – Perkins, Williams & Cotterill, Rancho Cordova; landscape – Garh Ruffner Landscape Architect, Roseville
Engineering: civil – Riechers Spence & Associates, Napa; electrical – Bosley Electric Contracting Co., Sacramento; mechanical – ACE Heating and Cooling, Rocklin; soils – Wallace Kuhl and Associates, West Sacramento; structural – Wood Rodgers, Sacramento
LEED consultant: Lionakis, Sacramento
Cost: $28.76 million
Tenants: Jackson Family Wines in 475,000 square feet and Biagi Bros. in 175,000 square feetThe amount of space under one contiguous roof – 15 acres – is massive, enough to encompass 11 football fields or 10 Boeing 747 jetliners parked wingtip to wingtip. But what got the attention of Santa Rosa-based vintner Jackson Family Wines and Napa-based trucker and warehouser Biagi Bros. is the ability to house about 5 million cases of wine in a warehouse chilled to 54 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit while using 61 percent less energy than facilities of similar size.
Jackson is consolidating cases of wine to this facility from 10 warehouses serving its North Coast wineries, according to Kathryn Zepaltas, director of distribution and logistics for Jackson. The ability to ship casegoods to major wine markets nationwide by rail made this site attractive. Currently, freight rail service isn't available in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
"Each boxcar equals three truckloads of wine and one locomotive moves a number of cars, so this promotes carbon footprint reduction," she said. Traditionally, trucks would move the wine from the winery to a warehouse, where the cases would be consolidated for transportation to market.
Wine is set to start rolling out of the American Canyon warehouse early next year.
The energy-saving features of the building include R-19 insulation in the walls and roof and a thermal plastic "cool roof" to reflect heat. That amount of insulation, together with the "thermal mass" of that much wine, could allow the 500-ton chilling system to be out for up to 15 days without increasing the temperature of the wine more than one degree, according to R. Paul Zenak, LEED AP, project manager for Sierra View General Contractor. Other energy savers include motion-activated higher-efficiency T-8 light fixtures and variable-frequency motors in the climate-control system.
Water for the open-loop cooling tower is sanitized via a high-tech Dolphin Water Care ultraviolet device.
"This building was built with maximum flexibility," said Mr. Zenak.
The project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council for silver level certification, the third-highest, under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. Potential rating points could come from the recycling or reuse of 85 percent of construction waste, low-offgasing office paint and warehouse slab seam caulk, and reused furniture.