FHCE has experience designing distribution centers serving a variety of industries.  Distribution center clients include Ikea, USPS, Clarks Shoes and Buffalo Trace Distillery.  We are experts in the design of slabs on grade to support AS/RS racking systems, and have over 30 years of experience designing tilt up concrete panels which many distribution centers feature.


Joliet, Il

FHCE has provided structural design services for multiple distribution projects for Ikea.  Ikea – Joliet, Ill is a 1.4 million s.f. conventional steel and precast framed facility features multiple AS/RS rack structures, conventional racking, rack supported high bay and a 2 story office.  FHCE’s responsibilities included designing the foundation for the high bay rack supported structure to resist heavy rack post loading with minimal deflection tolerances to ensure smooth operation of the automated storage and retrieving system.

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Frankfort, KY

FHCE provided structural design services for a new 84,000 s.f. distribution facility for Buffalo Trace Distillery.  The building consists of conventional steel roof framing and load bearing tilt up panels.  Buffalo trace Distillery is the oldest operating distillery in the United States.  In an effort to preserve the historic atmosphere of the distillery complex unique tilt up concrete panels featuring exterior brick inserts were utilized.  In addition the height of the building approaches the limit for single story tilt up construction.  Close coordination with the architect and tilt up contractor was required to ensure constructability and the desired aesthetic effect.

Other Featured Projects

Clarks America, Inc.

Hanover, PA

600,000 s.f. conventional steel distribution center.

  • Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems and Active Store OSR Shuttle Systems.
  • Roof rainwater harvesting system.
  • LEED Gold Certification.


Sacramento, CA

290,000 s.f. postal facility expansion.