Recently, we completed Brewster Creek Commerce Center, a 436,500-square-foot spec industrial facility in Bartlett, Illinois. While the development process went relatively smoothly, no project is without challenges. Due to the timing and sequence of construction, the earthwork, foundations and precast were constructed during the winter months, and the snow and cold temperatures presented a challenge for McShane Construction. We were also impacted by supply shortages and labor issues related to safety measures put in place during the pandemic. With some materials completely out of stock and others with long lead times, we strategically revised the sequence of construction trades to stay on schedule.

As a result of the creativity and ingenuity of the entire Conor and McShane team along with our partners, we delivered a highly successful development. Prior to completion of the shell, Brewster Creek was fully leased to Colony Display, a designer, manufacturer and installer of highly customized consumer environments.

Positioned within the master-planned Brewster Creek Business Park, this development provides access to IL-390, I-90 and I-88 as well as a quality labor force of 1.1 million. With notable tenants in the business park such as McKesson and ITW, Brewster Creek is an attractive home for food distributors, e-commerce retailers, 3PL logistics providers and light manufacturing companies.

Designed to offer transportation advantages, the cross-dock building features 52′ x 52′ bay spacing, a 36′ clear height, 54 truck docks and four drive-in doors. The site provides generous trailer parking with 125 trailer stalls and 340 auto parking spaces. As the largest cross-dock speculative building built in the Western O’Hare submarket in 2021, Brewster Creek is an ideal solution for users requiring a large-scale distribution facility with proximity to transportation and access to a quality labor market.

What was once vacant land is now a Class A property and economic engine for Bartlett. Brewster Creek will provide an estimated 250 jobs for the community while helping Colony Display expand their business. We are actively looking throughout metro Chicago for similar industrial sites to develop. Please contact me with your ideas.

Written by Brian Quigley, Executive Vice President at Conor Commercial Real Estate. 

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