Procter & Gamble: Overcoming land challenges for a class-A facility

Opportunity
Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest consumer products company with operations in over 180 countries, needed a new warehouse capable of handling 20 percent of their outbound shipping for North America. Project requirements included proximity to the Procter & Gamble plant in Lima, Ohio, plus easy access to Cincinnati, Columbus and Indianapolis. Proctor & Gamble had success working with Prologis in the Americas and Europe, and so they invited us to present our solution for their Ohio needs.

Challenge
Procter & Gamble had identified 139 acres that were ideal from a location standpoint. The land presented significant construction challenges, however, because of underlying limestone formations that can be difficult to remove, precipitate schedule delays and increase costs. The selected site also required construction of a new five-lane road to support 500 outbound and 500 inbound trucks per day, plus employee commuter traffic.

Solution
Prologis collaborated with our civil engineer and general contractor to explore alternatives to remediate the rock formations. We pushed through potential limitations and identified strategies to save time and money by reducing the volume of
limestone blasting required to build on the site. We also leveraged local relationships and expertise to work with Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District to construct the new road and infrastructure. Procter & Gamble selected Prologis based on the combination of the strength of our existing relationship and the work we completed upfront to understand and resolve each of the site’s challenges.

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