In 1991, Costco partnered with Fresno-based contractor RMC Constructors to build a Costco distribution center in Tracy, California. In the years that followed, the distribution center was expanded to increase its shipping capacity and to accommodate a new meat packaging facility. In 2017, Costco set out to double the capacity of the Tracy facility with the goal of meeting consumer demands while balancing its shipping and receiving operations. GBI’s California Region worked with RMC Constructors to help Costco achieve that goal.
GBI’s initial phase of work included making improvements to the facility’s roadways. Additionally, the dry depot was expanded by 400,000 square feet, which included a new six-lane truck entrance and more than 35 acres of additional truck and employee parking facilities. The subsequent phases of work included the removal and replacement of more than one million square feet of truck parking and trailer staging areas throughout the facility. Throughout the project, the GBI team offered design assistance, value engineering, and schedule acceleration options. The project incurred major utility and engineering delays, as well as setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the height of the pandemic, the number of trucks driving in and out of the facility doubled to meet the ever-expanding needs of Costco’s warehouses. The GBI project team devised creative solutions to navigate these challenges, and as a result, the project remained on schedule and was successfully completed in 2022.