CASE STUDY: BROWNFIELD DEVELOPMENT
Sustainable Values Applied to new Development
Prologis Park Moissy 2 has two buildings comprising 1.2 MSF (113,000 square meters) under development. At full build-out, the park will include up to five buildings comprising 240,000 square meters of Class-A logistics space. The park, one of France’s first single-owner, master-planned parks, is located in the city of Moissy-Cramayel in Seine-et-Marne just south of Paris with easy access to the city’s outer ring road. Moissy 2 is well positioned to serve metropolitan Paris, as well as the newer towns and emerging developments surrounding the city.
Prologis Park Moissy 2 is a brownfield development previously owned by Peugeot. The car manufacturer used the facility as a storage center for replacement auto parts. According to Olivier Barge, “Most of the original buildings have been demolished to make room for new Class-A logistics facilities. Old concrete, metal and other materials were recycled and reused for new construction and roads.”
Prologis Park Moissy 2 sits above a protected water table. Barge explains, “One of the challenges we faced during development was a municipal requirement that our property not add to the already over-burdened public storm water run-off system. Flood risk was simply too high.”
The development team took an integrated approach to minimizing the new park’s impact on the surrounding ecosystem. According to Barge, “We collaborated with the Water Agency of Seine Normandie to ensure that our presence wouldn’t negatively impact the area.” The team defined two objectives for storm water management: maximizing the retention of storm water within park boundaries and filtering storm water to reduce pollutants and deliver it to the water table with contaminants minimized. Prologis ultimately implemented a storm water management system that directs storm water to ditches and green hollows near water-resistant areas such as parking lots and roads.
Biodiversity is another important aspect of the project. Prologis is a member of Conseil International Biodiversité et Immobilier (CIBI), an organization committed to enhancing urban biodiversity. Prologis Park Moissy 2 is designed to improve the surrounding environment through the installation of hives for bees and shelters for various local fauna, as well as eco-friendly landscaping in accordance with CIBI criteria.
During the park’s design phase, the Prologis team used the Dynamic Energy Simulation Model—an innovative process that allows customers to proactively reduce future energy consumption and associated costs by about 25 to 35 percent. “We are currently the only logistics real estate company in France to use this system,” says Barge. “Customers are surprised and pleased by the efficiency and cost savings they can achieve.”
This new Prologis building will be BREEAM “Very Good” accredited.