Monarch Beverage Headquarters & Distribution Center

Lawrence, IN


Duke Construction






As a crucial member of the construction team, Gaylor’s design-build electrical engineering staff formulated an efficient power distribution system for Monarch’s 530,000 square foot corporate home putting in 15,672 man-hours from start to finish.

Electricians installed 9,000 amps at 480 volts in three phases, an 800 KW emergency generator with automatic transfer switches, 1,866 lighting fixtures, 45 dock doors with truck restraints, levelers and dock lights, 70 outlets for forklift battery charging; as well as power connections to 26 rooftop air conditioning units.

Unique specifications were associated with the Vertique install and truck maintenance facility.  The automated conveyor system required 110 duplex receptacles within the high-tech machinery to provide control power. The 20,000 square foot garage, housing wash and mechanic bays as well as a fueling island, was rated Class 1 Division 1 Hazardous Locations mandating safety standards to prevent fire or explosions.

Multiple economical options were implemented during construction such as replacing traditional conduit and wire with metal clad aluminum cable and using aluminum conductors for all feeders rated 60 amps and above.

Project criteria called for compliance with US Green Building Council and LEED prerequisites.  In order to meet these energy saving conditions, the distribution’s lighting design featured skylights allowing natural illumination and high bay fluorescent lighting fixtures each with six T5 high output lamps and individual motion detectors to control light use. Energy output throughout the facility is monitored by a centralized system that picks specific loads turning power off as needed.

Each day this world-class beverage operation transports more than 64,000 cases of beer and wine to 5,000 retail vendors across Indiana.