Lake Washington Partners/United Construction – SanMar Distribution Center

Lake Washington Partners credits its success in developing and building a 750,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center near Reno, Nev., to its close work with its partners on the project. 

“I think a consistent challenge in a lot of our projects is putting together a lot of moving pieces in a short timeframe,” says Jordan Lott, president of the Issaquah, Wash.-based developer. “There will be only about a year’s time from when we closed on the land to when our tenant will be operational, so this involves an amazing coordination effort. Our staff works really hard putting all the pieces together and paying attention to every detail.”

Lake Washington’s construction management team, led by Manager Dave York, is working closely with general contractors United Construction  to complete the distribution center before October. The developer purchased the 66-acre site the center sits on from Spanish Springs Limited Partnership in Oct. 2013. Architect Jake Williams of Ohio-based Beilharz Architects Inc. designed the building, which will be occupied by apparel and accessory distributor SanMar. 

The SanMar distribution center represents the first phase of Lake Washington Partners’ development on the site, which is located within the Spanish Springs Business Center. The center is accessible to Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 395 through the adjacent Pyramid Highway corridor. “We purchased the land with the intention of developing a big-box space there,” Lott notes. “SanMar is an existing tenant of ours that we were able to work out a deal to do a build-to-suit project with.”

Lake Washington Partners is a family owned business that owns, manages and develops office, industrial and mixed-use properties across the United States. “We continually strive to add value for our tenants while finding ways to provide growth opportunities for our employees,” the company says. 

A Facility Upgrade

SanMar, who currently occupies a distribution center in Sparks, Nev., was interested in moving from its current facility, built in 1978, to a brand-new building. “This is a brand-new, larger, state-of-the-art and energy-efficient facility for them,” Lott says.

Current work on the site includes installing its roof. The concrete-and-steel building will have a 36-foot-high ceiling clearance, which will allow its tenant to maximize its vertical space. The building will include a 150,000-square-foot mezzanine level that will be used for material handling. 

“This type of mezzanine structure is relatively unusual for this type of development,” Lott adds. 

Although Lake Washington Partners is not seeking LEED certification for distribution center, the building will still feature a number of green-oriented elements. “We used a lot of LEED principles here that we felt made a lot of sense, and we are cognizant of our effect on the environment,” Lott says.  

‘A Great Partner’

This is Lake Washington Partners’ first project with United Construction, though Lott says he has known United’s CEO, Mike Russell, for more than 10 years. “They’re a great partner to have,” Lott adds. 

Reno-based United Construction was established in 1978 as a general contractor specializing in big-box industrial projects. “United Construction made a name for itself by offering unmatched customer service, consistent quality workmanship, fair pricing, flexibility, and on-time performance,” the company says. “Today, United Construction has grown into a national company with experience building projects for top Fortune 500 companies.”

In addition to building large industrial facilities, United Construction also has experience completing projects for the e-commerce, manufacturing, education, aviation, military, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. 

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