Source: adapted from Google Earth.
UPS Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
A modern large distribution center consumes a large amount of land,
as for the UPS Chicago Area Consolidation Hub (CACH). The 240 acres (97 hectares)
site is in co-location with a major intermodal rail terminal (BNSF).
The distribution center per se occupies 37 acres (14.9 hectares), about
15% of the site. The standard plot ratio is around 40-45%, but mostly
concern smaller distribution facilities. Because of the nature of its
operations (consolidating and deconsolidating parcel loads) a substantial
share of the site is allocated to trailer parking as well as parking
space for the 11,000 employees working in different shifts. Additionally, space must be allocated
for water collection as rainfall over such a large paved area would
flood local streams.