Adding to the many million-plus-square-foot distribution centers and warehouse facilities we’ve built, we were awarded the contract to deliver this state-of-the-art, 1.1 million-square-foot Hershey Foods Midwestern Distribution Center. Located at the Gateway Commerce Center in Edwardsville, Illinois, the structure includes 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 asked to provide a climate-controlled, durable warehouse environment for the nearly $1 billion worth of chocolate that would be shipped, stored and received at the structure in any one day. We ensured the constant 60-degree temperature and 50% relative humidity 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 by using 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.