Window company plans warehouse in Adams County

Crossroads rendering

Rendering of Crossroads Commerce Park Building Five.

A California window company will anchor a fifth new warehouse at a massive Adams County industrial park.

Sierra Pacific Windows will move its Denver area showroom from Broomfield to a new 53,000-square-foot industrial building at developer Trammel Crow’s Crossroads Commerce Park early next year.

The plan is to use about 17,000 square feet of the new building and rent out the rest, Sierra Pacific spokesman Mark Pawlicki said.

“There’s not a lot of warehouse space available in the Denver market, but Trammell Crow did have this available, they’re building it now and we can be in there in the next quarter of next year,” Pawlicki said. “It was a good fit for us, it’s a good location and we can build warehouse space, office space and a showroom.”

Sierra Pacific’s new home will be the fifth building at Crossroads, a new industrial park straddling the Denver-Adams County line. Trammell Crow will develop the building and sell it to Sierra Pacific after construction is finished, said Bill Mosher, Trammell Crow’s senior managing director.

The building will take shape on a 4-acre site at 52nd Avenue and Washington Street. Trammell Crow bought the land last week for $748,000, Adams County records show.

The building will have backroom offices as and a showroom to display Sierra Pacific windows and doors. It also will include a warehouse for packaging and shipping.

Sierra Pacific will relocate from about 12,000 square feet at 155 Alter St. in Broomfield. The new location will give Sierra Pacific about 5,000 extra square feet to show off its windows.

“The Denver market has been very good for us, and we’ve had substantial growth in the last couple years in our window sales,” Pawlicki said. “We anticipate continued growth in the future, and had outgrown the showroom and warehouse we had.”

Sierra Pacific Windows has operated in Denver since 1998. The company is a subsidiary of Sierra Pacific Industries, which owns 1.9 million acres of timberland in California and Washington and is the nation’s third-largest lumber producer.

Ware Malcomb is the architect for the Sierra Pacific building. Murray & Stafford is the general contractor and Colorado Business Bank provided financing. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank brokers Mike Wafer, Tim D’Angelo and Mike Wafer Jr. negotiated the deal for Trammell Crow.

Sierra Pacific’s building will join three speculative warehouses and a build-to-suit industrial building that Trammell Crow developed for Empire Staple Co. at Crossroads. The Empire Staple building and one of the spec buildings are finished. Mosher said the other two should finish construction by the end of July.

About one-third of the speculative industrial space is leased, Mosher said, with letters of intent on another third of the space, and a final third still on the market for lease. Tenants include Lennox, GloProfessional and American Tire Distributors.

With about 675,000 square feet of space between the three spec buildings, there is about 225,000 square feet that haven’t been spoken for.

“There really has been no new product in this central market recently, and it’s an area with really low vacancy,” Mosher said. “So Crossroads is a really great opportunity to be in central Denver, close by with access to I-70 and I-25, and it’s really in the path of progress with the National Western property nearby.”

Trammell Crow shifted toward build-to-suit projects for the remaining four development sites at Crossroads.

Mosher said a power line cutting through the site keeps Trammell Crow from building more large warehouses. Additionally, smaller 50,000- and 60,000-square-foot buildings work better as build-to-suits than for-lease products.

“We’ve decided to go more into the build-to-suits to offer them for companies that want to control their own destiny and own the real estate,” Mosher said. “This will be the second of six of those, and we have a letter of intent on a third.”

Mosher added that Empire Staple Co., the first build-to-suit client at Crossroads, is taking a similar approach to Sierra Pacific by buying more space than it would use and renting out the rest.

It’s a strategy he thinks future build-to-suit buyers may replicate as well.

“If you’re going to own an industrial space for your operation you want to have expansion space,” he said. “So the idea is to have space for you to expand, but in the meantime, be able to lease it out.”

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