ALDI Distribution Center, Western Australia

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group designed sustainable building systems including those for maintenance facilities, warehouse, and office space for Aldi Distribution Center in Jandakot, Western Australia, achieving a 5 Star Green Star rating.

Facts

  • Size: 50,000 square meters (164,000 square feet)
  • Construction Cost: Confidential
  • Client/Owner: ALDI Foods Pty Ltd
  • Architect: Parry and Rosenthal Architects
  • Contractor: Georgiou Group
  • Completion Date: 2017

ALDI has expanded into the Western Australia market creating a new 50,000 square meters (164,000 square feet) distribution center capable of operating 24/7 and supporting more than 70 retail stores in the Western Australia region. The facility has been built on a 13.5-hectare (33.36-acre) site within Jandakot Airport Industrial Precinct. The design of the facility is based on the benchmark design developed by Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group for the ALDI Brendale Distribution Center, located in Queensland.

The design is focused on optimizing operational efficiency while obtaining the best safety outcomes for all staff at the center at the lowest lifetime cost. Sustainability was a key focus with the final build achieving a 5 Star Green Star rating through the Green Building Council Australia.

The design completed by Tetra Tech included:

  • Truck wash and maintenance facilities including water reclaim and processing plant, standby generation plant, fuel storage, and truck refueling points
  • Specialist fire services detection and suppression system to meet the fire engineering requirements and client brief supplied as part of the tender request
  • Air conditioning systems that use the ammonia refrigeration plant to generate cooling for the administration and office areas

The warehouse incorporates a variety of different environmentally controlled spaces. The ambient warehouse space allows for general storage of goods that tolerate room temperature, 604 square meters (6,500 square feet) of office space with efficient environmental systems to ensure comfort of office staff, and a cool house.

The cool house is designed to provide the correct temperatures for a variety of goods, with three distinct temperature zones:

  • A frozen zone to store goods that must be kept frozen at all times
  • A chilled zone for fresh goods that need refrigeration, such as fruits and vegetables
  • A chocolate room with a temperature range to keep chocolate and other confections from melting, as well as from being chilled too far, causing “sugar bloom,” where the chocolate becomes discolored due to the sugar crystals absorbing the ambient moisture and rising to the surface

The separation of these zones allows for goods to be kept at a higher quality for longer, reducing spoilage and incoming transport costs.