Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services is constructing a 1,023,000 square foot speculative industrial building at 200 Technology Drive in CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park East, Jenkins Township, Pennsylvania. The project was announced by Mericle President Robert K. Mericle.
The building is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year and will be the largest industrial facility ever constructed on speculation in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Robert Mericle said he decided to construct the building because of how popular CenterPoint and Northeastern Pennsylvania have become with companies seeking a strategic location for a new distribution center.
Mericle listed Amazon.com, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Neiman Marcus, Corning, Kimberly Clark, Isuzu, Tailored Brands, Benco Dental, Jerry’s Sports Center, and FedEx SmartPost as among the firms that have opened large distribution centers in the park. Altogether, there are 51 tenants and 6,000 employees in nine million square feet in CenterPoint.
“CenterPoint is less than one mile from I-81 and I-476 and is immediately adjacent to major facilities for FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, and UPS,” said Mericle. “The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport is just three miles away and many major trucking firms are within a 15-minute drive.”
More than 51 million people live within 200 miles of CenterPoint. Philadelphia, Harrisburg, New York City, and Port Elizabeth can each be reached in about two hours.
“We have designed the building to accommodate mid-size to large bulk industrial tenants that have very high trailer parking requirements, and e-commerce fulfillment operations that need huge areas for employee parking,” continued Mericle.
Mericle also noted the project site has room for close to 1,000 trailers and more than 1,000 employee parking spaces.
All major utilities serve the site including fiber and there is strong water pressure.
Key features of the cross-docked building include:
- 36’ ceiling clear heights
- 7” reinforced concrete floors
- 198 9’ x 10’ insulated steel loading doors with 35,000 lb. Rite Hite mechanical levelers and bumpers
- 50’ x 50’ column spacing with 60’ at the loading bays
- Up to four, 4,000 amps services
- LED lighting fixtures
- clerestory windows
- high-efficiency, gas-fired Cambridge unit heaters.
More than 700,000 people live within 30 miles of 200 Technology Drive. “There are several excellent training grants programs available to help companies staff their operations”, said Mericle.
Because the park is located immediately off of two interstates just 10 minutes from Scranton and Wilkes-Barre – the region’s two largest cities – tenants are able to maximize labor draw.
200 Technology Drive began as a ReadyToGo!™ Site. For each ReadyToGo! Site, Mericle clears, grades, and compacts the property, installs all utilities, and obtains all permits and approvals necessary to begin work on footers and foundations immediately upon the signing of a lease agreement.
About Mericle Construction, Inc.
Mericle Construction, Inc. is a vertically-integrated company with more than 250 in-house professionals with expertise in all aspects of commercial real estate development and construction. The Mericle team includes licensed architects, land planners, professional engineers, surveyors, licensed electricians, plumbers, carpenters, certified public accountants, in-house legal counsel, leasing and marketing professionals, licensed brokers, property managers, and more. Mericle Construction, Inc. has provided commercial real estate solutions to several hundred companies along Pennsylvania’s I-78/I-81 Corridor. For more information, visit www.mericle.com.