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Publix selects LEO A DALY and LAN to design NC distribution campus

A lean design approach will maximize value for the nation’s largest employee-owned grocery as it expands in the Mid-Atlantic

Publix Super Markets, Inc. has selected LEO A DALY and our subsidiary engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to design a new refrigerated and frozen-foods distribution campus in McLeansville, North Carolina. Construction is expected to be completed in 2021.

Publix, the largest employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States, operates nine distribution centers in the southeast, supplying more than 1,200 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. This tenth distribution center would be the northern-most, allowing the Lakeland, Florida, company to support growing demand in Southeast. In 2014, Publix expanded into North Carolina, where it now has 38 stores.

“As a proud community supporter, Publix is excited to create hundreds of new employment opportunities and to help provide for greater economic prosperity in Guilford County,” said Publix Vice President Industrial Maintenance and Purchasing Randy Barber. “We are eager to collaborate with LEO A DALY and LAN to bring our tenth distribution center to fruition.”

The new campus will feature an approximately one-million square-foot refrigerated/frozen warehouse. LEO A DALY and LAN will provide architecture and engineering services, including fire-protection, refrigeration engineering, and sustainability consulting. Future plans for the site include a dry warehouse and manufacturing facility. 

The warehouse will be comparable to Publix’s Orlando distribution center, also designed by LEO A DALY. The design team will use Building Information Modeling to track costs throughout the design process, and Virtual Reality to plan spaces, get faster client feedback and reduce waste.

“To compete in a marketplace, distributors need a lean, value-engineered approach to design. LEO A DALY and LAN’s integrated team will work closely with Publix to maximize the value of this campus, both during construction and in its long-term operation,” said architect Michael Schmidt, AIA, NCARB, market-sector leader for food, distribution and manufacturing in our West Palm Beach design studio.