Dock High Warehouse for Lease Or Rent - Des Moines Metro

Last Updated March 3, 2024

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You likely found us here because you are searching for Dock High Warehouse for lease or rent in the Des Moines Metro. Our Des Moines Metro affiliate broker has extensive experience with Dock High Warehouse, having leased and sold existing properties and worked with developers on build-to-suit spaces for lease. These spaces come in many shapes and sizes, and we've performed a search for this article that covers small- to medium-sized spaced for lease or rent in the Des Moines Metro. That survey/search is summarized in this article. We are ready, willing, and able to conduct a comprehensive search for Dock High Warehouse for lease or rent in the Des Moines Metro and meeting your specific requirements. Read on for more detail about the characteristics of Dock High Warehouse, as well as the results of our search for this article.

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If you are a food or merchandise distributor, you should know that trucks constantly carry and bring in all kinds of products. Of course, this doesn't happen in other types of businesses, but you need a proper warehouse with so-called Dock-Highs Docks to perform in the distribution sector. These are elevated entrances, usually 121 centimeters or 4 feet high. Such doors allow trucks to load and unload from the height of the truck interior. Rent or buy a warehouse with Dock-Highs Docks in Des Moines and become the best distributor in Iowa!

Photo of a large dock-high loading facility.This is actually a pretty loaded question (pun intended if you like). At a very basic level, Dock-High docks are used to simplify getting "stuff" into and out of a building - generally from or to a truck trailer ... or train car. One of our more popular articles provides a definition of Dock-High loading. The main alternative is grade-level building access - i.e. being able to drive into a building so that the "stuff" you work with can be lifted from and onto whatever you are using to transport your "stuff." "Stuff" can mean anything from raw materials to finished goods, supplies, tools, tooling, etc., etc.. Size and weight are big factors in deciding which of these two methods of moving "stuff" into and out of your building is used - with bigger and heavier stuff tending to be grade-level, and lighter and smaller tending to be dock-high. There is also the issue of whether the stuff you are transferring needs to be well protected from the elements including during the loading and unloading process. There are always exceptions, and much is likely being left out. Docks are seen attached to many types of buildings - manufacturing, R&D, Distribution, Storage, etc. The measure of how many docks you need is tied directly to how much "stuff" you need to move into and out of your building/space in a given time period (also a complex calculation). That's a fairly simple, conceptual discussion of Dock-High dock uses. Also, now that we've compared and contrasted dock-high vs. grade-loading, note in the above photo that most (nearly all?) buildings need to have a bit of grade loading in any case. Read on for some discussion of more detailed issues surrounding Dock-High docks.

Since docks and loading/unloading is an important issue, we have several articles on the topic. Aside from the links in the section above, we have Warehouse Loading Types, Dock-Well - Picture with Definition, Side-Load Dock Well - Picture with Definition, Dock-High Loading - Convert an Existing FacilityExterior Elevated Dock - Picture with Definition and Dock-Leveler - Picture with Definition. The above are all links. If you have an interest, bon appétit. We'll likely be adding other articles on issues like Environmental Control during loading and unloading, Fork Lifts, etc., and we'll do our best to update this as pertinent items are added to the site. We spend a good deal of time on this and related content, and expect to continue to do so.

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Survey Item 1 of 6 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Location Keywords
Keyword Selection
Des Moines International Airport
Property Descriptions
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 20
Total Square Feet
Actual: 34500
Further Description * 34,500 SF Building Size
* 10,350 SF of Industrial Space Available
* 2.90 AC Lot Size
* M-1 Zoning
* Built 2020
* Steel Construction
* ESFR Sprinkler System
* Natural Light
* Power Supply Phase: 3
* City Water
* Gas Heating
* Natural Gas
* City Sewer
* 2 Loading Docks
* 1 Drive In Bay
* 20' Clear Height
* 28’ x 60’ Column Spacing
* 57 Standard Parking Spaces

The building spans 34,500 square feet and features multiple tenancies. Situated on a 2.90-acre lot, it falls under M-1 zoning and was constructed in 2020 using steel materials. The building includes an ESFR sprinkler system and is designed to maximize natural light. It is equipped with three-phase power, gas heating fueled by natural gas, and access to city sewer and water services. Currently, there is a 10,350-square-foot industrial space available, complete with demising walls, lighting, outlets, and one bathroom. This space offers two 9'x9' dock doors and one 14'x14' drive-in door. Standard parking spaces are provided.

Survey Item 2 of 6 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Location Keywords
Keyword Selection
Des Moines International Airport
Property Descriptions
Total Square Feet
Actual: 37976
Further Description * 37,976 SF Building Size
* 16,047 SF of Flex Space Available
* 2.84 AC Lot Size
* C-3A Zoning
* Masonry Construction
* Dock high loading
* Exterior Signage
* 88 Standard Parking Spaces
* Centurylink fiber optic service available

The property comprises a 37,976 square foot building offering multi-tenancy options, situated on a 2.84-acre lot. It falls under C-3A zoning and features masonry construction, ensuring durability and stability. With 16,047 square feet of flex space available, the property caters to various business needs. Additionally, it benefits from Centurylink fiber optic service, enabling high-speed internet connectivity. Dock-high loading facilitates convenient shipping and receiving operations, while exterior signage enhances visibility and branding opportunities. Furthermore, the property offers free on-site surface parking for the convenience of tenants and visitors.

Survey Item 3 of 6 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Location Keywords
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NE Broadway intersection
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east of NE 14th Street
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I-80, I-35 and I-235
Property Descriptions
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 16
Total Square Feet
Actual: 64800
Further Description * 64,800 SF Building Size
* 7,224 SF Industrial Space Available
* Reinforced Concrete Construction
* 6.57 AC Lot Size
* HI Zoning
* Built 2001
* 16’ Clear Height
* Wet Sprinklered
* 10 Drive-In Bays
* 18 Exterior Dock Doors
* 5 Levelers
* 196 Standard Parking Spaces

This property comprises a substantial 64,800 square feet of building size and is situated on a spacious 6.57-acre lot with HI (Heavy Industrial) zoning. Constructed in 2001, the building features durable reinforced concrete construction, ensuring longevity and stability for various industrial activities. The clear height of 16 feet provides ample vertical space, accommodating a range of industrial operations. Designed for multi-tenancy, the property currently offers 7,224 square feet of industrial space, including 2,500 square feet dedicated to office use. This flexible space includes two docks and two 14-foot drive-in doors, facilitating efficient loading and unloading processes for diverse businesses. Safety measures are in place with a wet sprinkler system, covering the entire premises and prioritizing fire protection throughout. The property is well-equipped to meet the parking needs of employees and visitors, providing 196 standard parking spaces.

Survey Item 4 of 6 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Location Keywords
Keyword Selection
Des Moines International Airport
Property Descriptions
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 15
Total Square Feet
Actual: 55360
Further Description * 55,360 SF Building Size
* 20,000 SF Industrial Space Available
* Built 1979 / Renovated 2015
* 5.88 AC Lot Size
* M-1 Zoning
* Metal Construction
* 15’ Clear Height
* 1 Drive-In Bay
* 3 Exterior Dock Doors
* 30 Standard Parking Spaces
* Power Supply : 1,200 Amps, 250 Volts, 3 Phase

This property boasts a 55,360 square feet building size, and on its expansive 5.88-acre lot with M-1 zoning, it offers 20,000 square feet of available industrial space. Originally constructed in 1979 and subsequently renovated in 2015, the building features durable metal construction, ensuring longevity and functionality. With a clear height of 15 feet, the property accommodates various industrial activities. The power supply is substantial, with 1,200 amps at 250 volts and 3-phase capability, adeptly meeting the electrical requirements of modern industrial operations. Loading and unloading operations are facilitated by one drive-in bay and three exterior dock doors, enhancing the accessibility and functionality of the property. Additionally, there are 30 standard parking spaces available for the convenience of both employees and visitors.

Survey Item 5 of 6 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Location Keywords
Keyword Selection
I-35 and I-80
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near downtown Des Moines
Property Descriptions
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 24
Total Square Feet
Actual: 60000
Further Description * 60,000 SF Building Size
* 4.55 AC Lot Size
* L1 Zoning
* Built 2023
* Steel Construction
* 24’ Clear Height
* Wet Sprinklered
* 2 Drive-In Bays
* 8 Exterior Dock Doors
* 8 Levelers
* 36 Standard Parking Spaces
* Power Supply : 600 Amps, 480 Volts, 3 Phase

This property boasts a substantial 60,000 square feet of building size, strategically positioned on a generous 4.55-acre lot. Zoned as L1, the building, constructed in 2023, features durable steel construction, ensuring longevity and reliability. With a clear height of 24 feet, the facility provides ample vertical space and illuminated with LED lighting, installed throughout the facility. Safety measures are in place with a wet sprinkler system covering the entire premises, prioritizing fire protection. The power supply is robust, offering 600 amps at 480 volts with 3-phase capability, catering to the diverse electrical needs of modern industrial operations. The property facilitates loading and unloading processes with two convenient drive-in bays and eight exterior dock doors, to ensure efficiency, it is equipped with eight levelers. Additionally, it addresses parking needs with 36 standard parking spaces.

Survey Item 6 of 6 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Location Keywords
Keyword Selection
I-35/I-80
Keyword Selection
I-235
Keyword Selection
Denver International Airport
Property Descriptions
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 32
Total Square Feet
Actual: 78000
Further Description * 78,000 SF Building Size
* 40.00 AC Lot Size
* Built 2024
* Reinforced Concrete Constructed
* Amps: 1,200 Volts: 480 Power Supply
* 32' Clear Height
* 50’ x 40’ Column Spacing
* 12 Exterior Dock Doors
* Tax Abatement potential
* ESFR Sprinkler System
* 350,000 SF of laydown yard
* Multi-product/intermodal transloading
* Three Class I & one Class II Rail Service
* New space, never previously occupied
* 115,000 SF of existing warehouse space on-site

This property is situated on a 40-acre lot and will be built in 2021 using robust reinforced concrete construction. It has a total area of 78,000 square feet. It is equipped with a substantial power supply featuring 1,200 amps at 480 volts. The building features a 32-foot clear height and boasts a column spacing of 50 feet by 40 feet. There are 12 exterior dock doors available for efficient loading and unloading. Moreover, the property presents potential tax abatement benefits and is suitable for multi-product/intermodal transloading operations. It also includes 115,000 square feet of existing warehouse space on-site and benefits from three Class I and one Class II rail services. A substantial laydown yard measuring 350,000 square feet is also part of the property. Importantly, this space is brand new, having never been occupied before, and features an ESFR sprinkler system for fire safety.

Dock-High is really an aspect, or feature of a warehouse. It's quite common, and we chose it as the primary aspect for which you might be searching. There are other ways to search for this type of property or space. A few of these are listed below:

  • Cross-Dock Warehouse for Lease, Rent, or Sale
  • Distribution Warehouse for Lease, Rent, or Sale
  • Fulfillment Warehouse for Lease, Rent, or Sale
  • Pick, Pack and Ship Warehouse for Lease, Rent, or Sale
  • Package Handling Warehouse for Lease, Rent, or Sale

There are many more options for searching for this type of property/space. There are also a number of issues we can help you with that are not mentioned elsewhere - things like:

  • Free Trade Zone Access (FTZ)
  • Shipping Ports
  • Airport Hubs
  • Dock-High
  • Dock-Well
  • Rail Service
  • Etc.

There are a number of cities included in the Des Moines Metro Area - here are a few of the larger ones: Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, Waukee, Altoona, Clive, Indianola, & Grimes.

The rest - hopefully close to an inclusive list, is on our Des Moines Metro Area home page. You can navigate directly to the link on your Metro Home Page using the In-Page link for "Service Area Summary." This list includes all of the Cities and Towns of which we are aware in the Metro Area. Each City and Town listed is also a link to detailed statistics about that specific place drawn from various Census Bureau reports.

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