Mike Murphey Discusses Distribution Trends with Architect Magazine

Distribution Trends

Architect Magazine, an industry news publication for architects and industry professionals, posted its first article in a series titled “What’s Next”, highlighting advances in post-vaccine architectural design across various markets. In the most recent article, The Lunz Group was featured – leading the discussion around trends in the design of distribution and logistics centers.

Mike Murphey, AIA, NCARB, our industry market leader, leads the conversation surrounding the impact of COVID-19, the booming e-commerce market, and what the future of distribution and logistics industry looks like. Mr. Murphey brings more than 40 years’ experience in designing for industrial spaces, completing more than 200 projects from tenant improvements, cold storage facilities, hundred-thousand square-foot distribution centers and more.

Read the full interview with Mike Murphy here.

Distribution Trends

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Distribution Trends

Distribution Trends

At The Lunz Group, we are design-for-solutions professionals. We work with commercial clients in a variety of capacities to create holistic architectural and interior designs that meet both the needs of our clients and stand out as exceptional solutions for years to come.
In this article, one of six in ARCHITECT’s 2021 “What’s Next” series on post-vaccine architecture, contributor Gideon Fink Shapiro speaks with Michael Murphey, AIA, principal at Lakeland, Fla.–based The Lunz Group on recent trends in the design of distribution and logistics centers. Murphey, who has seen changes over his 40 years in the profession, also discusses the impact of the pandemic and the booming e-commerce market on industrial architecture. Maggie Briggs, The Lunz Group director of marketing, joins him in this conversation.Shapiro: How has the design of distribution centers evolved over the past decade or so?
Murphey: It’s changed in so many ways. Ten years ago, a distribution center was basically a warehouse. The old model was based on wholesale commerce—basically “pallets in” and “pallets out.” Only a small percentage of items were packaged for individual distribution. Today, because of e-commerce, everything has shifted from pallets to pieces. Facilities and equipment are designed to handle a single piece or item, and distribution centers have to efficiently process much greater volumes of throughput.