Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) Lancaster
With the aim of expanding their ability to serve independent specialty retailers on the Eastern seaboard, Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), a national wholesaler of bicycles, bike parts, and accessories, wanted to move their East Coast Distribution Center from Middletown, also called Q-East, to Lancaster County.
Facility: Distribution Facility with Office and Mezzanine
Size: 121,000 SF
Location: Lancaster, PA
Services Provided: Architecture Design
Greenfield Architects designed this brand-new distribution facility in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on the site of Lime Springs Farms.
The 121,000 square foot facility includes a 10,000 square foot office and a 10,000 square foot mezzanine. The entrance/office component projects from the body of the building with a striking barn-like imagery compared to rest of the concrete panel façade. The transition is made between these volumes by extending the metal siding, roof and stone veneer from the office to the warehouse concrete panels.
Inside, the program includes men’s and women’s locker rooms, side door access for cyclist employees, a large lunchroom, training room, small conference rooms, and open office space. The mezzanine contains an open office, large conference room and toilet rooms; access is provided from the first floor via a monumental stair and passenger elevator.
The distribution center contains a dozen inbound and outbound docks, high-bay and lower high-piled rack storage, a packing area and a conveyance system (by an outside consultant to the owner). The interior is well lit by skylights and high clerestory windows. The building uses an early-suppression, fast-response sprinkler system with a fire pump. The bulk of the employee and guest parking are on the front north side of the building. The site will have ample truck access and parking and two detention basins and a rain garden for water quality management.
The building is designed for a future 80k square foot expansion to the east. This will increase the hi-bay racking area that comprises a third of the building.