Ware Malcomb Announces Construction Is Underway on 640 Columbia Multistory Industrial Building in Brooklyn 

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Maria Rodgers, Public Relations Manager, 949.660.9128, mrodgers@waremalcomb.com

Maureen Bissonnette, Associate Principal, Marketing, 949.660.9128, mbissonnette@waremalcomb.com





This project is based on Ware Malcomb’s multistory prototype and is the first of its kind under construction on the East Coast


NEW YORK (DECEMBER 2020)Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, today announced construction is underway for a multistory distribution center at 640 Columbia in Brooklyn, New York. Ware Malcomb is providing architectural design services for the project and working in collaboration with DH Property Holdings and Suffolk Construction. Steel is currently being erected at the 640 Columbia construction site.


The facility’s strategic location will facilitate crucial last-mile distribution to meet the needs of retailers and manufacturers being minutes from Downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the largest concentration of e-commerce shoppers in the country. The project is located on a 4.5-acre site in the Red Hook waterfront district in Brooklyn. The 3-story facility totals over 370,000 square feet and includes a warehouse, office space, two levels of truck docks, a mezzanine with parking and dedicated elevator service to the third floor. The second story, which is accessible to full-size tractor trailers via a ramp, consists of 28-foot clear heights and a 130-foot truck court. The third floor includes 18-foot clear heights and has direct freight elevator access. An attached 77,853 square foot parking structure accommodates up to 184 cars for employees.


“Seeing this project progress from Ware Malcomb’s conceptual multistory prototype into construction is an incredible milestone for Ware Malcomb,” said Michael Bennett, Principal of Ware Malcomb’s Northeast region. ”We have worked in close collaboration with DH Property Holdings and Suffolk Construction and are looking forward to seeing this project through to completion.”


This building will be the first multistory e-commerce distribution center on the East Coast. Ware Malcomb’s design future proofs the facility so it can accommodate vertical transportation elements like robotic rovers for picking and drones for delivery. The multistory warehouse design includes stacking and ramping features that can handle 53-foot trailers.


“Based on the specific requirements of this project and the location’s access to 13.5 million consumers within an hour drive, Ware Malcomb is confident the unique design of this multistory warehouse will serve as a significant distribution center for the greater New York area for many years to come,” said Edward Mayer II, Principal, Architecture of Ware Malcomb’s Newark, Princeton and New York offices.


The design of 640 Columbia is based on Ware Malcomb’s multistory industrial prototype. Originally developed in 2017, the prototype creates a new commercial asset class of building that addresses challenges felt by both everyday consumers and e-commerce industry mavens. The firm’s multistory design focuses on facilitating industrial development in highly sought-after/land-constrained locations by building vertically to significantly increase rentable area without expanding the building footprint. Ware Malcomb has designed approximately 20 million square feet of multistory distribution projects since 2017 in major markets across North America.


“We’ve enjoyed working with the team at Ware Malcomb from the early conceptual stages of this project now into construction. Their industrial thought leadership was demonstrated through their creative multistory design and efforts to maximize the long-term real estate value of the facility and the site,” said Dov Hertz, President of DH Property Holdings, LLC.


About Ware Malcomb (waremalcomb.com)

Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is a contemporary and expanding full service design firm providing professional architecture, planning, interior design, civil engineering, branding and building measurement services to corporate, commercial/residential developer and public/institutional clients throughout the world. With office locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, the firm specializes in the design of commercial office, corporate, industrial, science & technology, healthcare, retail, auto, public/institutional facilities and renovation projects. Ware Malcomb is recognized as an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company and a Hot Firm by Zweig Group. The firm is also ranked among the top 15 architecture/engineering firms in Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms and the top 25 interior design firms in Interior Design magazine’s Top 100 Giants. For more information, visit http://www.waremalcomb.com/news and view Ware Malcomb’s Brand Video at youtube.com/waremalcomb.


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