Eleven football fields under roof; Gold-level LEED
Address: 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. Jackson Family Wines leases 475,000 square feet and Biagi Bros. 175,000 square feet.
Completion: Oct. 14, 2009
Architecture: structure and interiors -- Perkins, Williams & Cotterill, Rancho Cordova; landscape -- Garh Ruffner Landscape Architect, Roseville
General contractor: Sierra View General Contractor, Granite Bay
Engineers: 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
Project cost: $28.8 million
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AMERICAN CANYON -- Eleven football fields or 10 Boeing 747 jetliners parked wingtip to wingtip could fit under the massive 15-acre roof of the new distribution center for Santa Rosa-based vintner Jackson Family Wines and Napa-based trucker and warehouser Biagi Bros.
But what got the attention of Jackson and Biagi was the ability to house about 5 million cases of wine in a warehouse chilled to 54 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit while using 38 percent less energy and 44 percent less interior water than facilities of similar size, according to Kathryn Zepaltas, director of distribution and logistics for Jackson. Eighty-four percent of construction waste was kept out of landfills.
In March, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded Jackson's Napa County Distribution Center with Gold-level LEED for New Construction certification for earning 39 out of 69 possible points.
Other point-getters were low-offgasing office paint, warehouse slab seam caulk and reused furniture. A 1 megawatt solar-electricity array is planned for 200,000 square feet of reinforced roof.
Jackson consolidated cases of wine from 11 warehouses serving its North Coast wineries to this facility in early 2010. The ability to ship casegoods to major wine markets nationwide by rail made this site attractive.
“Each boxcar equals three truckloads of wine, and one locomotive moves a number of cars, so this promotes carbon footprint reduction,” Ms. Zepaltas said.
The building has 24 truck dock doors, with the ability to add 20 more, and 14 rail car doors opening to a 1,900-foot-long private rail spur. The staging area has 106 parking spaces and room for 30 truck trailers.
Traditionally, trucks would move the wine from the winery to a warehouse, where the cases would be consolidated for transportation to market. Currently, freight rail service isn’t available in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
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, allows 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 Sierra View General Contractor.