Delaware Electric Co-op is growing, and fast. We have expanded to 94,000 members across Kent and Sussex Counties, which, in turn, requires us to expand our facilities. The latest expansion will take us from our existing 8,000 square foot warehouse to a newly-constructed 20,000 square foot warehouse. Plans for the new warehouse began circulating in 2015 and now, two years later, the idea is coming to fruition.
Vice President of Engineering and Operations, Dave Shapley, said that the project is scheduled to be finished by the end of this year.
“We started about a year and a half ago. We had to get permits and various related agency approvals before the project could begin. We got the notice to proceed on November 14th, 2016,” Shapley said.
Crews began laying the concrete for the warehouse Wednesday, June 14th.
“They were pouring what they call slab-on grade, an eight-inch thick layer of concrete. The re-bar was installed prior to the pouring of the concrete. This would be the foundation that supports all the racks going inside, as well as the building itself,” Shapley said.
During the process, crews were able to use new ride-on trowels to smooth the concrete.
“They had ones you had walked behind, so now with these new units, they can finish the job much faster,” Shapley said.
The new warehouse will serve as a storage space for Co-op equipment and supplies long into the future.