Home improvement retailer Home Depot inked a lease deal that will allow it to fully occupy Duke Realty’s newly built smart industrial building in Los Angeles County. The property — which is located at 13131 Los Angeles St. in Irwindale, Calif. — is part of a major investment push by Duke into build-to-suit, last-mile facilities within the Southern California area.
In addition to the Irwindale industrial property, the effort also includes the 146,000-square-foot facility at 6450 Katella Ave. in Cypress, Calif.; a spec industrial development in Rancho Cucamonga; and warehouse space in Los Angeles at 13344 S. Main St.
Home Depot has been bullish on expanding its operations in Southern California. The current deal comes just a few months after the company leased 1.1 million square feet in the Inland Empire market. Nancy Shultz, Duke Realty’s West Region president, suggested that the state-of-the-art facility on Los Angeles Street was designed around its prospective tenant.
“By partnering with tenants in the design process, we can implement the features and systems that help us share information, ideas and results,” she said. “Ultimately, we all want to save money and limit our carbon footprint — this helps us achieve both.”
“Duke Realty has been an industry leader in sustainable building practices and our pledge to achieving carbon neutrality,” said Megan Basore, Duke Realty’s vice president of corporate responsibility. “This first-of-its-kind facility proves our commitment and allows us to work closely with our customers to limit our impact on the communities we serve.”
The 529,866-square-foot Irwindale, Calif., industrial space is equipped with a building automation system (BAS), smart metering system, solar panels and high-efficiency air conditioning units. The building is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 800,000 kg CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) per year when compared to an air-conditioned warehouse powered by traditional electrical energy sources. Additionally, the facility features 40-foot clear height, level floors, 73 dock doors, 149 trailer stalls, 261 automobile parking spaces and four grade-level loading doors.