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Design Electric is a growing Virginia "Class A" electrical contractor. We provide electrical construction and maintenance services primarily for commercial, institutional, and industrial clients. Design Electric's main source of business is electrical contracting for new and existing buildings, although we also provide electrical maintenance services for large industrial clients such as Klöckner Pentaplast, Luck Stone, Merck, and Zamma. Typical projects involving our company include larger commercial structures including university buildings and hospitals. Although our business depends quite heavily on the large commercial and industrial construction market in the greater Charlottesville area, we have also expanded to cover Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley.

Design Electric was founded by Kenneth 0. Smith in 1982 and incorporated as Design Electric, Inc. in 1983. Kenneth Smith is President and Chief Executive Officer. He oversees all day-to-day operations of the company, is involved in contract negotiations, and serves as project manager for certain contracts. Cathy Smith has been with the company since its beginning, for many years as Estimator, and is currently the Area Manager for the Valley region. Eunice Smith played a large part as well in getting Design launched and become a success. She managed accounts payable and receivables as well as other aspects of the daily office functions. Gregory 0. Smith is Vice President and a senior project manager and he has been with the company since 1983. David M. Giltinan is Secretary/ Treasurer of the corporation and serves as Chief Financial Officer. He has been with Design Electric since its inception. Gary Marshall is Chief Estimator and has been with the company for more than 20 years.

In 1999 we began offering installation and maintenance services for communication equipment used with cell phone towers. Design Telecommunications, Design Electric's wholly-owned subsidiary, performs a variety of services related to the installation and maintenance of cellular telephone equipment at tower sites. In 2006 we opened a new branch in the Shenandoah Valley at Fishersville, Virginia. This has allowed us to expand our business into the Waynesboro, Staunton, and Harrisonburg markets.

Design Electric has from 200 to 350 employees based on needs.

Sales Volume:
Our sales volume is approximately $35 million annually.

Our bonding capacity is approximately $50 million.

We are licensed in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Washington DC.

Safety Record:
We have a comprehensive safety program and an experience modification rating of .75.

By utilizing our company-owned warehouse we constantly strive to save money for our customers by value-engineering, quantity purchasing, pre-purchasing ahead of market increases, and any other means available to us.

Due to an ongoing training program in which our master electricians participate, we are proud to offer an exciting new range of electrical services including:
  • Traffic Signals
  • Fiber Optic and Communications Cabling
  • Automated Lighting Control and Systems
  • Cellular tower Installations
We have a comprehensive safety training program that every employee must take and pass. We also enforce a strict on-site safety program. We require pre-employment drug testing and utilize random drug and alcohol testing as a safety tool at our job sites and facilities.