12C — March 24 - April 13, 2017 — The Best of 2016 — M id A tlantic

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The Best OFFICE/INDUSTRIAL PROJECT of 2016 KSS Architect W. W. Grainger Northeast Distribution Center Bordentown, NJ High Concrete Group LLC 1200 Intrepid Philadelphia, PA 19112

Size: 1.3 million SF USGBC Platinum – Gold (pursuing) This new 1.3 million SF distribution center will be the third ground up facility that KSS has designed for Grainger in a relationship that began in 1994. Innovation has always been at the heart of these buildings matching the Grainger vision of customer service. Transformed by the advent of e-commerce, the Northeast Distribution Center will bring together more than 600 employees, focused on delivering Grainger prod- ucts faster and in a way more customized than ever envisioned before. The building enhances that process by addressing employee well-being as much as much as it does efficiency. Inside are multi-tiered work areas and an advanced automated retriev- al system, all in spaces that are conditioned and day-lit. Places for offices, gathering, and just relaxing, were given great attention in this transformed distribution center. Although this footprint is big, it carefully considers itself in the environment in a project that is com- mitted to a LEED Gold rating, and tracking for Platinum. The Grainger branded identity is ever present, announcing and reinforcing a vision that is always ahead of its time.

Size: 92,000 SF USGBC LEED Gold achieved

92,000 SF, 4-story unique office building at Philadelphia Navy Yard built as part of Master Plan being jointly developed by Liberty Property Trust & Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. This is a brownfield redevelopment. The eleva- tion with the main entrance is a double curved façade achieved by innovatively assembling traditional and flat faceting precast concrete panels to form a com- plex geometry. High Concrete Group collaborated with BIG (Architect), Turner Construction (GC) and Liberty Property Trust (Owner) to turn the vision of this gravity-defying design into reality. The building is an excellent showcase for the versatility of precast concrete and the power of BIM to build this type of building. 1200 Intrepid at the Philadelphia Navy Yard is the newly completed precast concrete work of art designed by world-renowned starchitect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The front entrance façade gently curves inward while stretching outward creating a star- tling and gravity-defying visual that mimics the curved bows of the nearby battleships. The unique engineering requirements of the project meant that the gravity loads flowed directly to the ground and were not tied to the steel frame. Almost every piece of the front entrance façade is unique. This very complicated project presented a challenge that required an innovative solution using technical, engineering and creative expertise, and would not have been possible without the use of BIM and 3D modeling. For more information on this project and others visit us at www.highconcrete.com/news. “High Concrete saw our design as a wonderful opportunity to really show off their skills, talents and products. It has been a sincere joy to work with a group of precasters who are as engaged as they have been, willing to roll up their sleeves to work on solutions rather than seeing obstacles, and I am sure that they are proud of their efforts as much as we are.” Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, RIBA, partner, BIG—Bjarke Ingels Group THE NEW SHAPE OF PRECAST

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