NIKE ELC New DC ‘Wings’ - Ham, Belgium
E-commerce is a booming business and has inspired Nike to build a new, highly automated, distribution centre, being built next to the existing Nikesite at Laakdal and will be in production starting from March 2016.
The complex of 150.000 m² consists of several different blocks. The goods are stored in two fully automated high-bays, with a store capability of 18 million pairs of shoes. The main dimensions per high-bay are 81 m width, 100 m length and 41 m height. The steel structure of the 41 m high racks also serves as the main structure of the building, known as clad racking.
Shipping, receiving and processing of goods happens in the low-bay on 4 levels. Dimensions here are 240 m by 72 m and 26 m height.
The structure is in precast concrete-elements. In between low-bay and high-bay there is a conveyor zone mainly of steel (162 m by 21 m by 26 m height). Next to the low-bay we have an office building. And next to that there is a two level carpark building of 36 m by 285 m that is also constructed in precast concrete-elements.
SCIA Engineer was used to make FEM models of each different block, steel or concrete. The great advantage was the possibility to model all the load cases the structure is subject to, which finally led to obtaining internal forces in the stabilising cores. That would not be possible without SCIA Engineer due to the large dimensions and complex thermal joints.
- Owner: Nike Europe Holding BV
- Architect: Jaspers-Eyers Architects
- General: Contractor BPC
- Engineering Office: Arcadis Belgium nv office Ghent
- Construction Period: 07/2014 - 03/2016