Campanelli Completes Edesia Facility

(l-r) Jeff DeMarco, Dave Vroman, Peter Brown, all of Campanelli. Paul Salem of Edesia, and an Edesia employee








North Kingstown, RI – Campanelli Construction recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the completed building for Edesia Global Nutrition, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “treat, prevent, and end malnutrition for the world’s most vulnerable children,” required a new building in which to house its organizational efforts.

Through careful coordination both onsite and offsite among Campanelli Construction, Florence Electric, other sub trades, and the owner, a new 83,000sf building located in the Quonset Business Park was constructed. The building includes a state-of-the-art lab, offices, manufacturing, and large warehouse.

The Florence Electric crew worked 6,200 hours to install the new electrical system, emergency power, and a FA system.

To help the nonprofit stay under budget, Edesia’s new factory was built using pre-engineered Barnes steel buildings systems. High ceilings and an industrial-chic look were central to the design. Glass paneling along the hallway allows administrative and production staff to feel more integrated as a team inside the same building, while at the same time visitors can witness how Edesia’s products are made.

In addition to a 25,000sf state-of-the-art clean room for manufacturing food to the highest safety standards and a 35,000sf warehouse, the floor plan balances open areas that encourage staff collaboration with more traditional cubicles, private offices, and conference rooms.

Edesia manufactures specialized ready-to-use foods that ship to malnourished children all over the world. As a result of this relocation and expansion, the nonprofit now has the capacity to reach over 2 million malnourished children worldwide each year.


At the ceremony,  alongside Edesia Founder and CEO Navyn Salem, RI Governor Gina Raimondo, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, RI State Treasurer Seth Magaziner, RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbia as well as representatives from USAID and the USDA gave congratulatory remarks in recognition of the achievement, which promises local and global benefits.

Campanelli Construction has built and developed more than 23 million square feet of industrial facilities and was eager to work with Edesia on building their new facility, which is five-times larger than their previous headquarters in Providence, from the ground up. “Edesia continues to illustrate the breadth of construction that Campanelli is capable of managing,” stated Jeff DeMarco, President of Campanelli Construction. “Each client has a unique set of wants and needs, and our team strives to deliver on every request. Our reputation stands on the success of projects like Edesia.”

“Our mission for our new building was to expand and create a vastly more efficient space to help us meet our goal of reaching 10 million malnourished children by the year 2020,” shared Salem. “The Campanelli Construction team helped us achieve our vision by keeping our project on-time and on-budget, while they fulfilled every request.”

“The Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) was instrumental in making this development smooth and easy,” said Dave Vroman, Campanelli Construction Project Executive. “The well-organized cooperation between the QDC, the state of Rhode Island, and the town of North Kingstown made every facet of the project, from permitting to inspection to turnover, quick and effortless.”