Feature Photo: A view of the fleet parking lot at the Amazon fulfillment center in Humble, Texas. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
El Paso (El Paso County) — A development team operating on behalf of Amazon is expected to start construction in June on the city’s first fulfillment center, a 2,603,420-square-foot distribution facility.
El Paso Inc. magazine confirmed in early May that the massive Amazon warehouse was coming to El Paso County, and on May 24 reported that the general contractor is Layton Construction Company of Salt Lake City, Utah. The construction contract had a reported value of $80 million.
On Wednesday, the architect on the project registered a report with the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) that put the total project value at more than $191.6 million. That may include equipment and other furnishings.
Amazon has an ambitious building program and has been constructing new package sorting and distribution centers across Texas and the nation. In addition to the fulfillment center reported May 27, another development team registered a warehouse project with TDLR today that is going up in Forney (Kaufman County in north Texas).
Ford & Associates Architects Inc. of Columbus, Ohio reported to TDLR plans to construct a 1,080,034-square-foot E-Commerce Fulfillment Facility at Gateway Boulevard and Akron Way in Forney. The developer building for Amazon is Seefried Industrial Properties, Dallas office.
Ford & Associates describe the Forney facility as a warehouse distribution facility with a 250,028-square-foot mezzanine; the main office area is approximately 34,457 SF. Construction is expected to begin July 1 and the project should take about 12 months to finish.
VBX has also been tracking developments in Pflugerville, where a 3.8 million square-foot distribution center is to be constructed for Amazon. This project can be found in VBX at Project ID No. 2020-0F5B.
The El Paso area fulfillment center will be located along the 12100 block of Emerald Pass Avenue in far south El Paso, near Socorro.
Dallas-based Hillwood, a Perot development company, acquired the property and is the developer, according to the TDLR report.
The Akron, Ohio office of CESO Inc. was assigned the architectural design work. CESO described the scope of work as “new construction and site work for a large (sorting) facility. Work (is) to include full site development, access roads, and (a) 2.6 million-square-foot building with guard house and fire pump accessory structures.”