Project Axis is a 2.6-million-square-foot distribution facility under construction in Garner, North Carolina. Working with Hillwood, a Dallas-based developer, WithersRavenel prepared site surveys, wetland, stream, and buffer evaluation, site design, and off-site road improvement design, and coordinated all entitlements and permitting for this fast-track project. The site, which was formerly a food processing facility, includes just under 1,800 surface automobile parking spaces, 200 trailer storage spaces, requires more than 75 acres of disturbance, and incorporates two massive underground stormwater detention devices on a recognized Brownfield redevelopment site. In addition to the on-site improvements, WithersRavenel designed just under one mile of roadway improvement plans to convert Jones Sausage Road from a two lane roadway with turn lanes into a four lane median divided roadway and associated turn lanes.
From initial conception to initial approval to construction, our team worked with the Town of Garner, NCDEQ, USACE, NCDOT, Wake County, the City of Raleigh, and various economic development agencies to meet the less-than-six-months design and permitting deadline required for the project. The project was further unique in the sense that it became a quasi-design/build project as WithersRavenel worked with the developer, the project architect, and the site contractor to deliver the project on time while a prototype for the facility was being developed. This required significant coordination to ensure all plan updates and revisions were communicated to all parties during construction. The project, which broke ground in July of 2018, is slated to be open in the fall of 2019.