Featuring a mezzanine that is filled with hundreds of robots to sort products, Amazon Robotics Sortation Center MSP8 in Woodbury, MN, is a new prototype for the e-commerce leader and engaged all five of Ryan Companies’ services—development, architecture, construction, real estate management (REM) and capital markets. The 516,859-SF, single-story, precast building includes an extensive conveyor system throughout and a 184,352-SF mezzanine where robots will transport products to 336 openings for spiral chutes. Careful coordination by design and construction ensured the correct mezzanine slab tolerances and opening locations and our virtual design and construction (VDC) team provided essential clash detection for ductwork, fire protection, structural elements, conveyors and platforms. The facility also includes a solar panel ready roof, electric vehicle charging stations, office with training and break areas, and multi-faith rooms.
Working closely with the City of Woodbury, we upgraded the exterior with panel form liners to create texture and added higher parapet walls for visual interest. Site additions included new sanitary sewer and watermain, large berm in front of the facility, expansion of a main road, six retention ponds and nearly 800 trees. Our capital markets team managed capitalization for the project and the sale at completion, while our REM team assisted development with determining operating expenses and later provided valuable lease insight, ensuring a smooth transition to the buyer. We provided clear communication and creative solutions for material delays, including electrical gear, rooftop units, roof insulation and form liners, throughout. Our deep Amazon experience and integrated services enabled us to operate as one cohesive team – without a get-to-know-you phase – completing this innovative, new facility quickly and accurately.