Stantec’s work will focus on future-ready and highly sustainable infrastructure. The work includes civil engineering, industrial buildings architecture, geomatics, water and wastewater design, landscape architecture, urban planning, smart mobility and AV consulting, funding consulting, as well as energy and innovation design.
“The World Logistics Center is a major commitment in the next generation of sustainability and logistics operations,” said Iddo Benzeevi, President and CEO of Highland Fairview. “Our engineering partnership with Stantec will be important in our success, bringing all our combined engineering and design pieces together in a fully integrated operation to execute our vision and bring it to reality.”
The World Logistics Center will maximize supply chain efficiency by using SCADA systems to integrate logistics providers for coordination. This strategy ensures the maximum number of trucks depart full by carrying shipments from multiple providers, as needed. The end result will be increased shipping efficiency, better use of transportation resources, and reduction of carbon emissions.
“Highland Fairview’s vision for a net zero and sustainable economic center has not yet been tackled on this scale in the U.S.,” said Brianna Daniels, Principal-in-Charge for Stantec. “We are proud to be a part of this inspirational project that will have such positive community outcomes in Moreno Valley and around North America.”
With 40-plus million square feet of rooftops, the center will have a vast capacity for solar power integration. Stantec will examine the use of battery storage and microgrids on site to increase energy resilience, with the expectation that the facility will not have to rely on the external power grid.
The center will also prioritize water conservation, a critical issue in California. Facility design is expected to result in a 70 percent reduction in water usage compared to the current general plan for the City of Moreno Valley. This will lead to a savings of 653 million gallons of water every year — enough water for 27,000 households. Drainage through the site will be treated before it is discharged, while paying careful attention to maintaining historic drainage patterns and protecting the downstream environment.
“The scale of this iconic project and its focus on sustainability creates a unique opportunity to advance the development of sustainable construction and operational practices in industrial buildings,” said Dave Calder, Global Industrial Sector Leader for Stantec.
Autonomous vehicle (AV) technology is also being explored for the site through Stantec’s autonomous vehicle consulting arm, Stantec GenerationAV. Trucking is set to be one of the first industries to break through on AV technology, and the World Logistics Center will be ready to take a lead role in their integration. Highland Fairview is currently in discussion for the acquisition of zero-emission semi-trucks, and AV shuttles are being explored as a means of local travel within the development.
Over 33,000 jobs will be created through construction and ongoing operations, with an estimated $22 million in property and sales taxes generated annually for schools and community colleges. The overall economic benefit of the World Logistics Center is estimated at nearly $3 billion in economic benefit to the region.
Stantec’s project team will include 300 professionals in civil and electrical engineering, urban planning, and other disciplines dedicated to meeting the aggressive project schedule. A core team will be co-located with Highland Fairview on the project site, with additional resources supporting from across North America. Michael Baker International will design the needed interchange for access to the site, ENGEO Engineering will provide geotechnical engineering, and Dudek will provide environmental permitting.
Project design is currently underway, with construction slated to start in 2023. The project will add six million square feet per year until projected completion in 2030.