J.G. Petrucci engaged RP Masiello to develop a secure warehousing, distribution and office center at the former Fort Devens military base in Ayer, Massachusetts. The initial tenant for the facility was NAVL Boston Logistics, a branch of the Norfolk Southern Railway. RPM led the design/build process that began with construction of 170,000 sq. ft. facility entailing high bay storage and heavy duty super flat floors. The facility includes a 20,000 cross-dock area with 47 bays for rapid logistics. The building was equipped with a high-density sprinkler system for fire protection.
Some years later, RPM expanded the building to accommodate J.G. Petrucci’s second tenant, New England Sheets (NES), a collaborative of corrugated firms including the Kraft Group. NES required rail capacity, so RPM built a loading dock (with heated floors) for up to six railroad box cars at once. We also contracted out and oversaw the construction of a new rail switch and quarter-mile rail spur to access the building.