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IKEA - Joliet, IL

Answering the Call to the Midwest.

Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA selected Gray to design and build its new Midwest distribution center in Illinois. This new facility is responsible for serving the inventory needs of stores throughout the Midwest.

In Numbers

  • Joliet, IL
  • 1250751 s.f.
    Square Footage
  • 18 months
IKEA - Joliet, IL
Joliet, IL
1250751 s.f.
18 months

LEEDing the Way


The central location of the facility allows goods to be received at coastal ports from both Asia and Europe, and then transported inland to Joliet for distribution. Located on 72 sprawling acres, this project marked the seventh partnership between Gray and IKEA.


IKEA’s Joliet facility features the largest solar rooftop in Illinois, including a massive 470,545 s.f. solar array that consists of a 2.91 MW system build with 8,966 panels. Annually, it produces approximately 3,411,600kWh of electricity for the building, earning it the LEED Gold distinction.


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  • Engineering

    Process & Packaging Systems Engineering

    Civil/Building Engineering

    Mechanical/Electrical Engineering

  • Design



    Sustainable Design

  • Construction





  • Digital

    Automation & Controls

    Production-First IT



  • Equipment
    Custom equipment Ovens & cookers
    Process skids Batching equipment
    Clean-in-place systems Bioreactors
    Extruders Distributed products
    Mixers & blenders Control panel fabrication
  • Development

    Feasibility Studies


    Incentive Coordination

    Land Acquisition

    Construction Financing

    Build-to-Suit/Sale Leaseback

  • Planning

    Master Planning

    Front-end Services

    Strategy Consulting

"Gray did an outstanding job managing the project and minimizing the schedule impact. Especially noteworthy was the detailed coordination with various trades and sequencing of work in the construction of the high bay... The project was delivered under budget and with exceptional quality and workmanship – a Gray hallmark."
Douglas Wolfe, Construction Manager

IKEA Property, Inc.

About Gray

Gray is a fully integrated global service provider specializing in engineering, design, construction, digital, equipment manufacturing, and real estate services.