Dec. 2023
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Amazon Readies for $17.4 Billion Worth of Potential U.S. Project Starts in 2024

By any account, Incorporated (NASDAQ:AMZN) (Seattle, Washington) is one of the leading constructors of warehouse and distribution centers and data centers in the world and particularly in the U.S., where Industrial Info is tracking more than $17.4 billion worth of projects from Amazon that are planned to kick off in 2024. A large, planned data center in Ohio pushes Amazon's planned spending in that sector to nearly $15 billion in 2024 projects starts, with distribution and warehousing facilities, including a new air hub, making up the balance.

Virginia's proximity to Washington, D.C., has helped contribute to Amazon's project activity next year, accounting for half of all U.S. data center projects Amazon is expected to launch in 2024. The largest of these is destined for Stafford, about 40 miles southwest from the heart of D.C. Construction on the first phase of the grassroot Potomac Church Tech Center is expected to start in the second half of next year, putting it on track for an expected early-2026 completion. The facility will be built on a 50-acre site and will have two stories with 260,000 square feet. The project will help meet demand for Amazon Web Services in the area. Subscribers to Industrial Info's Global Market Intelligence (GMI) Industrial Manufacturing Project Database can click here for the full report.

Across the continent in Gilroy, California, about 80 miles southeast of San Francisco, Amazon is gearing up to begin work on a grassroot 49-megawatt (MW) data center early next year. The 218,000-square-foot facility will include a backup power generation facility consisting of 50 2.5-MW diesel-fired emergency generators. HKS Incorporated (Dallas, Texas) is performing design-engineering work on the facility, which is expected to be completed in mid-2025. Subscribers can click here for more details.

While data centers occupy more projects and overall value than its other projects, Amazon remains hard at work constructing a network of fulfillment and distribution centers that really took off after the onset COVID-19 pandemic and has only lately showed signs of slowing somewhat. Among the largest of these is the company's Project Fifi in Niagara Falls, New York, construction of which was originally planned to begin in the fourth quarter of this year but has been pushed to early 2024. The facility will be built on a 216-acre vacant lot and will include five stories encompassing more than 3 million square feet, 55 loading docks and more than 460 trailer-parking spaces. The project is expected to be completed in late 2025. Subscribers can click here for more information.

Also on the books to start construction next year is Amazon's Project Rocky, a planned 2.5 million-square-foot multi-story distribution center in Rockville, Virginia. The facility will feature 55 trailer-loading docks and 414 parking spaces for trailers. The facility is expected to be completed in 2025. Subscribers can click here for more details on the project.

After earlier this year completing a billion-dollar-plus air hub in Kentucky, Amazon is planning the expansion of a regional air facility in Lakeland, Florida, near the Lakeland Linder International Airport. The project entails constructing a 464,600-square-foot building addition, a paved truck court to accommodate 370 additional truck bays and a concrete aircraft-parking apron for three additional Boeing 767-300s. The expansion is to kick off early in the year and is expected to be completed in its second half. Subscribers can click here for more details.

Subscribers to Industrial Info's GMI Industrial Manufacturing Database can click here to view reports for all of the projects discussed in this article and click here for the related plant profiles.