Case Studies


Transaction Details


Reno, Nevada

Transaction Size
1.1 million square feet

Transaction Type
Project Management


Integrated Services Model Helps Petsmart Build Distribution Center Under Tight Deadline  


Client Situation

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.

Site before construction

Consideration Analysis

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
  • (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.

PetSmart location after construction


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.


Meet the Team

Jeffrey Logan
Managing Director, Project Management Services

Jeff brings 27 years of development, construction and project management experience to his position. He oversees Savills Studley’s San Francisco Bay Area Project Management, Development and Consulting Group, providing services on a local, regional and national basis. Jeff’s skill set encompasses all aspects of the project process, including site evaluations, due diligence, entitlements, and design and construction of shell, rehab and retrofit projects as well as the full range of tenant and capital improvement work.

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