| Mattel, San
Mattel facility is a 1.2 million-sq.-ft. national distribution
and logistics center in a 58-acre site formerly occupied by
the Norton Air Force Base in the Inland Empire city of San
Bernardino. The facility, the area's largest distribution
plant built in one phase, is a concrete tilt-up structure
that features 30-ft. minimum interior clearance, dock-high
loading with 144 doors and an early suppression, fast response
fire sprinkler system.
The structure includes 25,000 sq. ft. of aftermarket retail
outlet space, extensive amounts of reflective glass at the
two-story entry, colored accent striping and notched concrete
columns. Extensive parking and landscaping were also part
of the project.
This vast warehouse facility was designed to consolidate
and expand the combined capacity of the company's facilities
previously located in Chino and the City of Industry.
When considering that 4,000 concrete trucks visited the site
throughout the construction of the Mattel project, one begins
to imagine the magnitude of this outstanding distribution
and logistics center. The schedule for the facility was tight,
mainly due to the consolidation of three Mattel warehouses
into this new facility. The building had to be completed and
occupied well before the surge in toy distribution began in
the summer months.
Having a 1,000-ft.-wide building presented unusual challenges
for the team, especially for the roof structure itself and
the roofing subcontractors. The team developed a plan to optimize
the daily amount of roof membrane in place to avoid weather
impacts on the structure. The roof had to be built from north
to south and because tenant improvements started in the south
end, it was necessary to first construct four bays of roofing
in the southern portion of the structure.
"We found the perfect leadership
in the form of the Oltmans Construction and Hill-Pinckert
Architects team. They got everyone's attention quickly,
connected many moving dots on the page and produced
something as impactful as the Mattel building-1.2 million
sq. ft. that will energize the community of San Bernardino
for many years to come."
Another major challenge was the remarkably fast construction
of the 2,500-lin.-ft. Tippecanoe Street median. Traffic control
and street design issues combined with late changes to the
irrigation plan created the need for further approvals and
permits. When grading began for the median, the team realized
some of the sections contained 30-in.-thick pavement that
required additional demolition work. Gas and jet fuel lines
were also found while boring the street for the median's irrigation
system. All of these challenges were overcome to complete
the demolition, construction of concrete curbs, irrigation,
landscaping, stamped concrete, asphalt patching, signage,
striping and traffic signal loop adjustments in a period of
The Development Team
Owner: Hillwood/San Bernardino LLC
Architect: Hill Pinckert Architects
General contractor: Oltmans Construction Co.
Engineer: Kramer & Lawson
Key subcontractors: Gregg Electrical
American Contractors (plumbing)
J.M. Carden Sprinkler Co.
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