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Coca-Cola Enterprises Uses Savvy Techniques at New Distribution Center

Coca-Cola Enterprises, the global bottler of soft drinks and other beverages, will consolidate several locations into a single 225,000 sq. ft. office and distribution center in Monmouth Junction, N.J. The center is being built specifically for the company.

“The building operations will be different because of the energy management systems we’re putting in,” says Alex Klatskin, a partner in Teterboro, N.J.-based Forsgate Industrial Partners, the developer and owner of the building. The systems will control ventilation, and heating and air conditioning based on outside temperatures, says Klatskin.

“The warehouse will have about 400 skylights, which will produce enough daylight so that no lighting will be required. There will be daylight sensors inside the building. If it gets too dark, the lighting will kick on,” he says. The lighting will have both motion sensors and daylight sensors.

The building design also calls for a reflective roof, which reduces the heat gain inside the building from the sun. The HVAC equipment and low-flow plumbing fixtures are expected to reduce energy requirements by at least 20%, compared with typical warehouse and office facilities. The building is registered for LEED certification

In addition to the energy-saving specs, the building’s distribution system will use a wire-guidance forklift method, says Klatskin. “It allows the driver to be guided by a magnetic wire, so the forklift never hits the racks.”

The facility, expected to be completed in July 2011, will contain 20,000 sq. ft. of office space with the remainder used for warehouse.
The brokerage firm Studley represented Coca-Cola enterprises in its long-term lease transaction. “Working with CCE’s sophisticated real estate department and Forsgate’s experienced team, enabled the many complexities of the transaction to be accomplished,” says Dan Foley, senior managing director at Studley.

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