Hershey Midwest Distribution Center

warehouse construction
warehouse construction building exterior
warehouse construction facility layout

At The Korte Company, we understand the many complexities of warehouse construction. We've delivered more than 2,000 projects throughout the U.S. and have constructed more than 19 million square feet of warehouse space. This is one of our signature builds.

Adding to the many million-square-foot-plus warehouses we've built, we were awarded the state-of-the-art, 1.1 million-square-foot Hershey Foods Midwestern Distribution Center at the Gateway Commerce Center in Edwardsville, Illinois. The structure included warehouse space and a two-story, insulated, tilt-up concrete office wing.

This project required the full-scale knowledge and experience of our Design-Build team.

The Korte Design Team was challenged to provide a climate-controlled, durable warehouse environment for the nearly one billion dollars worth of chocolate that would be shipped, stored, and received at the structure in any one day. We ensured the constant 60-degree temperature that chocolate requires by using an integrated system of tilt-up concrete, insulated metal panel construction, and 18 rooftop HVAC units. Our team also included an independent fire protection and emergency system providing backup power and two separate 250,000-gallon water tanks. To allow for constant, high-speed forklift traffic, we eliminated expansion joints in loading zones, with the use of Type K concrete. Throughout the warehouse, we put specialized concrete to use in order to handle the immense rack loads Hershey required.

Through this construction project, we helped Hershey efficiently and cost-effectively ship chocolate throughout the entire Midwest region. We can help you improve your efficiency and operation too. Learn more about warehouse construction at The Korte Company.

1,087,000 square feet
Edwardsville, IL