Crow Holdings tapped to build Matteson warehouse

Development will use tilt-wall construction to move faster

Rendering of the warehouse in Matteson (Crow Industrial Holdings, Getty)
Rendering of the warehouse in Matteson (Crow Industrial Holdings, Getty)

Another warehouse is coming to the southern Chicago suburb of Matteson.

Crow Holdings, which builds more than 10 million square feet of industrial space across the nation annually, plans to construct a 760,000-square-foot industrial warehouse along Cicero Avenue, south of Lincoln Highway, the Daily Southtown reported. Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project on Friday.

“[The project] addresses our regional need for more logistical companies to land here in the Southland,” Matteson Mayor Sheila Chalmers-Currin told the outlet, saying it will diversify and expand Matteson’s tax base without straining local schools. It won’t hurt the community because it’s behind a Menards home improvement store off Cicero Avenue and not near, she said.

The $70 million project will have access to the nearby Interstate 57 via U.S. 30 and Sauk Trail. It will have 100 exterior loading docks and parking stalls for 210 truck trailers, as well as parking for 380 regular vehicles.

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Crow Holdings is building the development on a speculative basis, meaning it doesn’t have a tenant secured, although the company’s Jack Rabenn said it’s heard from some potential tenants. The property is envisioned for one tenant, but could be split to allow for two.

The Texas company plans to use construction techniques that will have the building ready by next spring.

Instead of using precast concrete panels that are constructed off-site, which can cause supply-chain issues, general contractor Pepper Construction will use tilt-wall construction. The method, which hasn’t been used in the Chicago area for many years, involves pouring the panels into frames on the job site and then lifting and tilting them into place.

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— Victoria Pruitt