Oatey Distribution Center

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Release Date: January 2005
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Oatey Distribution Center

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Address: Cleveland, Ohio
Company/Developer: Ray Fogg Corporate Properties, LLC
General Contractor: Ray Fogg Building Methods, Inc.
Property Type: Distribution Facility
Square Feet: 250,000 square feet
Height: 30’ clear

Building Description: This building occupies nearly 60 percent of a 10-acre urban site. The steel frame pre-engineered structure is designed with large wide-span bays for unobstructed order staging and an irregular structural grid designed to complement rack storage systems and material handling operations. The moderate-hazard general warehouse includes 7,000 square feet of office area. Two high-hazard flammable liquids warehouses are separated from the main structure by a four-hour rated fire wall. The facility is served by 30 truck dock doors and is designed to accommodate future rail service.


Built on the site of an old fertilizer plant, the $8 million Oatey Distribution Center is not your typical warehouse. Entry gates are solar powered by photovoltaic panels. Skylights illuminate the workspace. A collection system captures rain and stores it in a 6,000 gallon underground cistern for non-potable use in toilets and for irrigation. And Oatey is working with the Wildlife Habitat Council to increase the wildlife on adjacent wetlands and develop it as an educational resource. These are just a few of the green features built into this 250,000-square-foot facility that is currently LEED silver pending.

Building on a Company’s Values

Bill Oatey, Vice Chairman of the Oatey Company, sees green building as a logical extension of his company’s commitment to environmentally and socially responsible business practices.

Building green added about $300,000 to development costs, but the company expects to save $75,000 annually in energy costs, thanks to the use of natural light and sensor-driven fluorescent lights instead of mercury vapor lights typically found in warehouses.

Green Features

Sustainable Sites

  • Extensive environmental remediation of brownfield site.
  • A storm water pollution prevention plan to protect adjacent wetlands.
Oatey Distribution Center staging area

Wide bay, day-lit staging area. Automatic sensors turn off fluorescent fixtures when natural lighting is sufficient.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Air quality monitoring throughout construction.
  • Use of low VOC adhesives, sealants, paints and carpet and no urea formaldehyde used in the composite wood products.
  • Building automation system that continuously monitors and controls carbon dioxide, temperature and humidity levels.
  • Windows and skylights deliver daylight in all spaces occupied for critical visual tasks.

Water Efficiency

  • Greywater collection and reuse that will reduce the building’s demand for processed municipal water by more than 50 percent.
offices at Oatey Distribution Center

Indoor air quality is continuously monitored to provide a comfortable, healthy working environment in all office areas.

Energy and Atmosphere

  • A building automation system that monitors and controls highly efficient lighting and mechanical systems to reduce energy consumption by about 40 percent.
  • Photovoltaic panels to power automated access gates to the facility.

Materials and Resources

  • Use of high recycled content, including concrete, structural steel, ceiling tile and carpet.
  • More than 50 percent of construction waste diverted from landfill disposal.