SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – It’s been almost a year since Amazon first announced it was going to build a massive distribution center in Sioux Falls. Now construction crews at the site are approaching winter as planned. Even the city’s construction officials are surprised at how quickly the distribution center is growing.
Amazon’s fulfillment center is now fully closed. What was a five-story frame of beams in the spring has been covered with concrete and steel siding as crews begin work inside.
“They finish the walls, install the electrical and mechanical systems, all of those types of things you would do with any type of building. And then they’ll start installing the equipment very soon as well, ”said Jeff Eckhoff, director of planning and development services.
Jeff Eckhoff says he’s surprised and impressed with the progress, given the size and scope of the $ 280 million project.
“Because usually a build on something this size can take almost two years and they did it in less than a year and a half,” Eckhoff said.
Amazon can execute the project quickly because the company has a lot of experience in setting up fulfillment centers across the country.
“They know what they’re doing, so it goes up really fast. It’s not their first rodeo, ”said Butch Warrington, construction services manager.
City inspectors are on site pretty much every day. And even the city’s veterans are bewildered by the open spaces inside.
“Oh, there is always a mind-blowing factor to any building. But yeah, there is, you go over there, it’s a big building, ”Warrington said.
Warm weather has helped move construction forward, although backlogs in the supply chain present challenges across the industry. The city expects construction of the Amazon center to be completed, on schedule, in the spring.
The Amazon hub plans to employ 1,000 full-time workers when it opens next year.
We reached out to Amazon on Friday, but the company told us they were unable to provide a build update at this time.