Case Study



Under Tight Deadline, Savills Assists PetSmart with Building West Coast Distribution Center 


PetSmart, the largest specialty retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets, was committed to building a critical distribution facility in Reno, NV and had to meet a definitive date of occupancy based on store roll-out and seasonal sensitivities.

Our integrated services model, which incorporates the transaction and project management practices, was key to successfully securing this assignment and ensuring that the completed project was delivered within the defined timeframe.


To meet the aggressive schedule, we presented a single bench of experts who could manage and execute the transaction from inception to move-in, reflecting a streamlined and efficient process.

The transaction and project management teams worked together to deliver on all aspects of the project including:

(i) lease negotiations

(ii) selecting/awarding to a developer and GC

(iii) design

(iv) entitlements

(v) site work

(vi) shell and tenant improvement construction and logistics systems implementation

(vii) project close-out

By having the project management team involved in the development from its inception, we were able to outline and negotiate all considerations upfront, including documenting a scope of work and detailed construction schedule as an exhibit and lease attachment. Our integrated platform also allowed for a seamless transition from project transaction to project management focus.


The project team designed a near vertical set of milestones that wrung out all excesses, re-defined concurrent tasks and worked through an expedited design, entitlement and construction phase—based on a 24-hour clock and trustworthy relationships. The project was completed in 13.5 months, ahead of schedule and on budget.