As part of its ever-expanding footprint, a major e-commerce company proposed the construction of a five-story, 855,000 sq-ft warehouse in Markham, IL, located 23 miles outside of Chicago. This first-of-its-kind facility in Cook County – known as Project Dixie — would use the newest generation of robots to help sort and ship goods ordered online. The warehouse would feature a mezzanine, along with four one-story portions around the building’s perimeter. The proposed location is south of 159th Street between Dixie Highway and Interstate 294. The proposed project highlights the continued growth of the e-commerce giant, which operates 11 facilities in Illinois, employing 18,000 people.
Markham Mayor Roger Agpawa said the proposed facility “is a silver lining” amid the negative economic impact caused by COVID-19. In Markham, upwards of 1,000 jobs, with starting wages of at least $15 per hour, would be created upon completion of the project. Due to the loose and compressible nature of the soils at the site – excessive settlement was predicted within the compressible fill and lake clay deposits underlying the site. Menard USA was contracted to provide ground improvement – the selected technique was Controlled Modulus Column (CMC)® rigid inclusions.