Macy's Fulfillment Center
Regional and state leaders worked together to bring the new Macy’s fulfillment center to Tulsa County in what would be the largest jobs announcement in Oklahoma in the last 10 years. Incentives offered by the governor’s office, the Cherokee Nation, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Tulsa County, and the City of Owasso were key to landing the project. Collaboration between these organizations and others in public and private sectors helped attract the milestone project to the state.
Macy’s is one of the largest internet retailers in the world, with more than $4 billion in annual e-commerce sales. The company announced plans to build a new 1.3 million-square foot direct-to-consumer fulfillment center in December 2013 to better serve its online customers and in response to the changing ways consumers buy and shop.
Macy’s site evaluation process included consideration of more than 150 sites in multiple states. The civil engineers at Crafton Tull prepared a comprehensive feasibility study for the 74 acres where the facility was built.
Once site selection was finalized, Macy’s revealed its plans to build the $170 million facility via a fast-track design-build process. A 12-month target completion date meant earthwork for the project needed to start as quickly as possible. Crafton Tull’s site development team adapted a heavily compressed, front-loaded schedule to allow construction crews to begin work on time.
Design elements included three off-site stormwater detention basins, 1,356 total parking stalls, 103 trailer parking stalls, approximately one mile of 12” waterline, sanitary sewer, platting, and adjacent public roadway widening and extensions. Crafton Tull provided civil engineering, surveying, landscape architecture, and construction observation services, operating under contracts with multiple organizations, including Macy’s, Tulsa County, Owasso Land Trust, and Layton Construction.
The project is a resounding success for Macy’s and aligns with their goal to adapt to new consumer buying habits. It's also a major boost to the Oklahoma economy, bringing 1,500 year-round jobs when fully operational and an estimated annual economic impact of $80 million over the next 10 years.