VERTICAL INDUSTRIAL: Building for an Urban Landscape

A symposium on making industrial development work in the city, co-sponsored by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and George Mason University’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship.

Going multi-story and developing vertical industrial in urban environments may be in our future with consumer demand for same-day delivery, corporate need for last-mile logistics, and a desire of cities to preserve their shrinking industrial base. These trends require warehouse and industrial buildings to be located closer to dense urban populations with limited available land at extremely high costs.

How do we develop the industrial properties of the future in these urban locations?

Innovative design, new land use policies, pioneering developers, and going vertical and multi-story provide the answers to the future of urban industrial projects.

  • Hear from industry experts on the last-mile business case for developing multi-story industrial buildings.
  • Learn from architects about how multi-story industrial projects are designed overseas and how they can be designed in the United States.
  • Discuss the lessons learned from the construction of a new six-story flex industrial building.
  • Hear about one of the first industrial mixed-use projects in North America which was recently completed.
  • Learn from policy makers on the need to preserve and re-develop industrial spaces in urban locations.

Conference Agenda

8:30 AM       Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM      Welcome Remarks by the Co-sponsors

9:15 AM        Multi-story Warehouse and Distribution: Facing Land Costs of the Last Mile

1. “The Economics of Industrial Properties and  the Rise of Vertical Development
Mark Levy, Managing Director of the Mid-Atlantic Industrial Practice Group and Head of U.S. Port, Airports and Infrastructure Practice
Michael Morehead, Vice President, Industrial Project and Development Services, Jones Lang Lasalle, Baltimore, MD
Leslie Lanne, Managing Director, Northeast Industrial, East Rutherford, NJ

2. “Industrial Rising – High-rise Distribution Warehouse Design Case Studies”
Ed Klimek, AIA Partner, KSS Architects, Princeton, New Jersey

3. Demo of a Last Mile Delivery Platform
Starship Technologies                           

12:00 PM      Lunch

12:30 PM      Multi-story Flex-space: The Case for Industrial Spaces in Urban Places

1. “Preserving and Developing Urban Industrial Spaces”
Sakina Khan, Deputy Director, DC Office of Planning
Ryan Hand, DC Office of Planning

2. “Case Study: The New York Building five-story industrial project in Portland, Oregon”
Lessons learned from the first vertical flex-industrial industrial building constructed in Oregon in over 60 years
Chris DiLoreto, AIA, Founding Principal, DiLoreto Architecture, Portland, Oregon

3. “Case Study: Strathcona Village – 11-story Industrial Mixed-Use in Vancouver, Canada”
Presentation on the first new industrial/residential mixed-use project in North America
Daniel Eisenberg, GBL Architects, Vancouver, British Columbia

3:00 PM       Closing Remarks