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PV System-equipped Logistics Facility Contributes to Local Community, Environment (page 2)

2019/04/08 22:37
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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'Human-centric' design

ESR purchased about 60% of the 136,500m2 former TUS Kuki Campus site and constructed ESR Kuki DC there. The building is equipped with 54 truck berths from the first to third floors, cargo elevators and a vertical conveyer system, while a lounge, stores and a nursery room are also provided as amenity facilities (Fig. 2).

Fig. 2: Appearance of ESR Kuki DC (source: ESR)

Located 2.5km from the Kuki Exit of the Tohoku Expressway and 5km from the Shiraoka-Shobu Exit of the Ken-o Expressway, the building is convenient as a logistics center for cargo trucks. Partly because it was previously used as a university campus, the site is also convenient for commuting by public transportation, being about 3km from JR Kuki Station and a two-minute-walk from the nearest stop on the bus route from the station.

Logistics facilities near exits of expressways used to give the impression of being "concrete boxes" to temporarily store truck cargo, but their form has drastically changed. Their function as a logistics facility has greatly advanced, and their work environment and amenities have been enhanced as "offices where people work" while efforts to harmonize with the local community and the global environment are being made as well.

ESR has also been leading such a new orientation of logistics facilities, seeking "human-centric design" as its basic philosophy. As you enter "ESR Kuki DC", which has recently been completed, you will find a sophisticated lounge, a shop area in which a convenience store is planned to be located and a room that will be a nursery where pictures are painted on the wall. The area looks like a shopping mall (Fig. 3 & 4).

Fig. 3: Lounge space for tenant companies' staff (source: Nikkei BP)

Fig. 4: Room for a nursery (source: Nikkei BP)