The Panama City Port Authority broke ground Friday on a 150,000 square foot Distribution Warehouse designed to provide Port users with a local facility for storing and distributing import and export products.
The six million dollar "state-of-the art" facility will provide up to forty dock height loading doors. The building can be subdivided into three separate operations and can be expanded by an additional 100,000 square feet.
The construction of the Port's Distribution Warehouse coincides with the construction of a privately owned 60,000 square foot distribution warehouse being built on an adjacent site within the Port's Intermodal Distribution Center. Panattoni Construction, LLC of Atlanta was selected by the Port in March to build the facility. The tilt-up design warehouse is scheduled for completion in July of 2013.
The Florida Department of Transportation has been instrumental in the development of the Intermodal Distribution Center, providing matching grants for the road and rail infrastructure and extending a "State Infrastruction Bank" loan for the construction of the warehouse.