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Home Depot Rail-Served Warehouse Facility

Overlooking the back corner of the warehouse where there is a pond and a water tower.

Located on the largest privately-owned rail yard on the East Coast, Kimley-Horn provided development services for the Home Depot rail-served warehouse facility. The distribution center accommodates fast product delivery to consumers ordering goods online, and to brick and mortar stores requesting timely product restocking.


Kimley-Horn provided master planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, and railroad design services for this 100+-acre redevelopment project. Our team worked closely with MacGregor Associates Architects and the general contractor, FCL Builders, throughout the design and build process. Primely located, this rail-served warehouse provides easy access to two Class I railroads and a deep channel port.

Pivoting Quickly to Meet Timelines

Requested initially was a boundary and topographic survey along with a due diligence review and preliminary design work. From there, the plans grew into a full design with three months allotted for this expansive and complex design prior to filing for a permit. Fast-paced, precise design ensured the plans were submitted on time and received limited revisions from the County. The Kimley-Horn team tackled the project head on, coordinating with the design team, client, and contractor to deliver a concise set of plans. Presenting a time challenge, four months were allocated after filing to receive the necessary approvals and to begin construction. Effective project management and communication led to seamless solutions when the team was faced with unforeseen construction challenges.

Providing Innovative Rail-Served Solutions

Railroad service provided to the facility includes two separate spurs: one to a surface storage yard and one internal to the rail-served warehouse facility. Since the design of these rail spurs was a new and unfamiliar prototype for the client, our experienced rail team guided the client through the nuances of this type of industrial rail-served facility design.

View from the back of the rail-served warehouse facility with a water tower in view

Making a Difference for Employees and Customers

Efficient coordination and clear and open lines of communication, allowed for the successful design, finalization, and implementation of plans—even when the team was met with unanticipated obstacles. The completion of this facility provided increased employment opportunities to those in the community, and rapid delivery times for e-commerce customers and brick and mortar stores in need of a restock.