Virginia "Class A" Contractor

Design Electric is a growing electrical contractor founded in 1982. Our firm specializes in large projects including:

  • Educational Facilities Multi-level
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Sports Stadium Lighting
  • Medical Centers
  • Historic and Hospitality Facilities
  • High Voltage Distribution
  • Industrial Plants
  • Fiber Optic
  • Communications Cabling
  • Data Centers
  • Automated Lighting Control
  • Systems Cellular Tower Installations

We are a member of The Associated General Contractors of Virginia and are currently listed as one of the top 600 specialty contractors in the nation. (According to Engineering News-Record)


Business Operation

Design Electric is an electrical contractor serving the Central and Western Virginia area. As such, we provide electrical construction and maintenance services, primarily for commercial, institutional and industrial clients. Typical projects involving our company include larger commercial structures, such as university buildings as well as hospitals. Entire electrical systems and control systems can be detailed and drawn by Design Electric at its main office in Charlottesville, Virginia and then installed by our skilled technicians at the project site.

Construction contracts are either negotiated or won through competitive bidding. We are licensed as a general contractor and subcontractor. Our company is on a list of preferred contractors for the Charlottesville area and has developed long-standing relationships with a number of general contractors that manage large construction projects in the vicinity. Design Electric’s proven track record and established relationships with construction companies are helpful in winning contracts.

As noted above, our clients are primarily general contractors and construction managers, as well as industrial companies. Although our business focuses on the large commercial and industrial construction market in the greater Charlottesville area, especially the University of Virginia, our business is spread over a wide assortment of client and projects.

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, Harrisonburg, and Roanoke markets. This includes various campus sites such as at JMU and VA Tech.

Over time our company has continued to grow. What began in 1982 with just a few people has expanded to a work force of over 250 employees 32 years later. Our goal is to continue to provide the best possible electrical service to our customers in the Central and Western Virginia area, as well as the best possible telecommunications service to our customers in the Mid-Atlantic region.



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.


Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Washington DC.


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.