Warehouse / Distribution

SMA's clients in the warehouse and distribution industries recognize us as the design firm for their engineering needs. Our work began in this design arena right from our inception, and since then we have put in place more than $500 million in construction. SMA engineers have been involved in more than 50 warehouse and distribution facilities ranging in size from 30,000 to more than 1.8 million square feet.
SMA's warehouse designs focus on making the warehouse spaces functional and efficient, while providing a safe and comfortable environment for the workers to increase productivity and control, reduce operating costs, and improve customer service.

SMA has designed all types of warehouses such as:
  • Heated and unheated general warehouses
  • Refrigerated warehouses
  • Controlled temperature and humidity warehouses
  • Special-designed warehouses meeting strict requirements for liquid storage (fuel and non-propellants), flammable and combustible storage, and hazardous chemical storage.
Design Features Include:
  • Use ceiling mounted fans to reduce heat stratification and provide air movement.
  • Specifying white painted metal roof decking, thereby increasing ceiling surface reflectivity, lighting efficiency, and worker comfort without any added energy cost.
  • Use energy efficient HVAC equipment, Plumbing & Lighting fixtures, and systems 
  • Provide proper ventilation under all circumstances.
  • Provide local exhaust for restrooms, kitchens, janitor's closets, copy rooms, battery-charging areas, etc.
  • Provide CO2 sensors to provide real time monitoring of air quality.
  • Integrate day-lighting with the lighting system.
  • Allow for natural lighting where possible. Provide lighting controls that turn off lights when sufficient daylight exists. Provide dimming controls that continuously adjust lighting levels to respond to daylight conditions.
  • Minimize HVAC system noise in occupied space.
  • Amazon.com (835,000 gsf) Distribution Center– Allentown, PA
  • Men’s Warehouse, New 265,000 sf Dry Cleaning & Distribution Facility-Plains,PA
  • Pets United Office & Warehouse Expansion – Hazleton, PA
  • Procter Gamble- New (1,800,000 gsf) Distribution Center Facility-Shippensburg,PA
  • Procter Gamble- New (40,000 gsf) Office Space w/ Distribution Center-Shippensburg,PA
  • Surefit- New (180,000 GSF) Office/Warehouse Facility – Allentown, PA
  • Tootsie Roll- New (240,000 gsf) Office/Distribution Center – Hazleton, PA
  • UPS Healthcare (72,000 gsf) Pharmaceutical GMP Distribution Center – Harrisburg, PA
  • Wal-Mart, 1,200,000 gsf Warehouse/Distribution Center, 25,000 gsf Offices – Bethlehem, PA

SMA employees have significant Warehouse project experience. A list of these projects that were designed by SMA employees while employed with other firms are available upon request.
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