More than 70 million square feet of warehouse space is currently under construction in North Texas (that’s over 20 ATT Stadiums!) Built to meet the rise of the on-demand economy, these spaces are also the daily workplace for a growing portion of the population. Western Tech Systems’ new headquarters, refurbishment center, and warehouse facility rethinks the warehouse as an efficient but humane workplace and creates a visibly sustainable showcase of the company’s operations.
Maximizing the efficiency of space to minimize the use of resources was a key design and sustainability principle. The long, narrow proportions of the site result in uncharacteristically short end bays. The non-load bearing nature of these walls allowed for an alternative to the tilt-up concrete construction used for load-bearing walls. Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) panels spanning between steel columns allow for glazing across the entire width of the entry façade, reduce the structure’s carbon footprint, and double as a warm, natural material visible on the interior. A sawtooth loading bay configuration reduces the pavement needed for truck access by 30% compared to their current facility. An interior mezzanine takes advantage of the high-bay warehouse volume and provides more flexible workspace for the owner’s growing business. Other sustainable features of the project include rooftop solar panels, an all-electric HVAC system and electric car chargers for 10% of the site’s parking spaces.