FedEx Express International Priority Gateway

Shanghai, China


With the demand for their shipping services both to and from China on the rise, FedEx Express needed a more robust infrastructure to handle increased volumes. Their goal was to more than triple the capacity of their current air cargo facility in Shanghai to attain a production capability of 36,000 documents and parcels per hour. An increase of this magnitude required several new buildings. FedEx engaged our team to provide master planning, programming, facility planning, and conceptual and schematic design services for the new complex at the Pudong International Airport.


The campus includes an entry building, sort facility, generator / switchgear, GSE facility, heavy weight canopy, and two security guardhouses.

Our design of the sort facility and entry building includes a green roof system that encompasses the majority of the roof surface to promote evapotranspiration, reduce the heat island effect, and insulate the building. We also incorporated skylights to reduce the demand for artificial light and provide employees with greater access to natural light. We integrated daylight louvers into the southernmost facades to maximize incoming light without incurring heat loss. We also selected regionally available building materials that had recycled content to reduce the energy embodied in the completed project.


Our design services helped our client achieve two distinct goals. By expanding their production capacity, we made it possible for FedEx to offer their customers greater, more reliable access to international markets essential to business growth. In addition, we supported their commitment to sustainable design by incorporating a broad range of features to save energy, respect the environment, and create a pleasant work environment.