Aspen Distribution, Salt Lake City, Utah

Aspen Distribution is a 207,490 square foot refrigerated distribution facility which has high cube storage with 34' clear height for high pile storage throughout, with anFR fire protection system. The architects provided the building with rail knock-outs and 27 overhead doors, with fully sealed openings. Vertical storage dock levelers were used to facilitate sanitation requirements. Two level office areas were used by the architects to maximize Warehouse space and available building cube.
Some of the unique features of architecture that Aspen Distribution includes are:

  • Refrigeration system engineered for expansion and to accommodate lower temperatures through upgrading.
  • Insulated tilt-up concrete walls with protection board applied at bottom eight feet of walls.
  • Interior partitions of concrete block for durability and sanitation.
  • All exterior paving concrete for low maintenance and long term durability. 
  • Corner main office and employee area allows for second floor office occupancy with separate and secure entrance. 
  • Mechanical smoke exhaust system provides higher security and superior energy efficiency for refrigerated space than standard 
  • smoke vents in roof.
  • Building designed for future multi-tenant occupancy.



Ferguson HVAC Xpress and Waterworks, Salt Lake City, Utah

The property consists of 15.13 acres with yard storage and two buildings. Xpress / HVAC encompass 95,700 square feet of warehouse architecture and offices, and the Waterworks consists of 20,804 square feet for warehouse and office space. The architects had the office areas of both buildings face the street, with articulated bent steel eyebrows across the entry ways. Each building reflects their eyebrow entries with a sweeping curved reveal in the vertical exterior concrete tilt-up walls. An exposed steel frame on the northeast corner of the Express/HVAC building defines the interior structural system and creates an architectural statement viewed from the highways. Roof top equipment is screened from view.

The larger building has a 30 foot minimum clear height, while the smaller Waterworks building is a minimum of 23 feet clear. Office areas are 14,400 square ft. Xpress / HVAC building and 5,000 square feet for the Waterworks building. The architecture of both office areas contain upscale reception, sales offices, conference rooms, training rooms, display rooms, and break rooms. Finishes were coordinated with national corporate standards and enhanced with selection of local materials.

Intermountain Healthcare - Kem C. Gardner Supply Chain Center and Ancillary Services

The Supply Chain Organization, the acquisition and distribution arm within Intermountain Healthcare, developed the concept of consolidating their efforts from multiple locations at 25 hospitals and 26 clinics around the state of Utah and southern Idaho into a single architecture facility capable of distributing to each and saving valuable space within the hospitals and clinics. A centralized facility also achieves purchasing power to buy directly from manufacturers, as well as to standardize materials and equipment and insure quality control. By having the architects establish a centralized distribution center, the support offices for administering the organization were constructed within adjacent two story building, as well as the Logistics Division to coordinate the receipt and delivery of materials and equipment to the various facilities. Distribution architecture shaped the design for collaboration between sourcing personnel, Ancillary Services, and Administration. The architects centralized these structures to provide opportunities for various Divisions to observe one another, communicate efficiently, and to visually understand processes in the supply chain organization through observation and cross training.

In addition, the architects assisted further operational savings by incorporating Divisions to oversee maintenance of equipment, distribution and updating computer systems, printing various documents utilized by the healthcare system, and incorporating a Pharmacy to process (compound and fill orders) to the hospitals and clinics. The Pharmacy portion of the work required a higher level of security, clean room controls, and opportunities to display the robotic processes used for fulfilling orders. These functions compose the Ancillary Services which support and coordinate with the Warehouse functions and Courier Services.

The site was developed in a brownfield area, recovering land that was previously contaminated with smelting processes. The site of architecture is 24 four acres, 4.5 acres which are reserved for future development. The architects achieved minimal irrigation through baseline controls and minimal lawn area. Trucking areas are located facing the Jordan River Parkway, so that the building integrates with the design intent of the business park in which it is located. Security fencing surrounds the Shipping / Receiving / Courier activities. A translucent canopy announces the main entry to this facility.

The Warehouse area contains 152,000 square feet with 30 foot clear height and incorporates windows to the adjacent Office/ Ancillary functions (corridors) and the Wellness Center. Office and Ancillary Areas consist of 155,000 square feet over two floors with architectured expansion space master planned for the Warehouse and Ancillary functions.


California Business Park, Salt Lake City, Utah

Approximately 35 acres which was formerly owned by Ninigret Technology Park was purchased by Hamilton Partners, Inc., who also employed DRA to perform master planning. The architecture schemes developed involved four to six building, sharing dock areas and access drives. The standards for this Park were consistent with Ninigret Technology Park, but the design of the first building reflected a more ambitious approach to the market, utilizing taller buildings, and incorporating insulated tilt-up concrete wall (sandwich panels). The architects created the offices as a model for the next generation of building in the Park.
Tai Pan Trading, one of the corporations in this development has warehouse storage which consists of six feet high rack levels of open racking (approximately 97,000 s.f.) and an assembly area of approximately 5,000 s.f. between the main office and the shipping / receiving area. Belter Steel occupies the remainder of the space, utilizing two level offices to oversee their manufacturing and shipping activities.