Northern Farmers Co-op Fertilizer Storage


    The Rundown

    Northern Farmers Co-Op needed fertilizer storage that worked for them right now but also a building that could expand to meet future needs. We designed a building that did both. And with the changing nature of agriculture “You have to be at capacity to be able to handle that in today’s ag world,” said Brent Benike, Northern’s Manager. “Product has got to be on hand so you can get it out the door quickly.”

    Feature Details

    • 84 ft x 174 ft structure (14,616 square feet)
    • Solid steel frames hot dip galvanized to ASTM A123 standards
    • ExxoTec™ Elite PVC fabric, white with green trim
    • White interior fabric liner
    • Passive ventilation through mesh soffit
    • ARV-2000 roof vents
    • Precast concrete panels along walls and storage bins
    • Limited building footprint
    • Enclosed, exposure C, seismic A, 60 psf ground snow load, 105 mph wind load
    • Building use: Commercial fertilizer storage and distribution
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    14,616 sq ft


    Williams, MN




    The Legacy construction crew was very professional and courteous.

    Because of our soil issues, we simply couldn't afford to construct a more traditional building. The concrete costs made a more traditional building cost prohibitive. The lightweight design of our Legacy building allowed us to reach a compromise between soil conditions and cost. Regarding the design and construction phases of the building, I can say that the process went exceptionally well. When I made eleventh-hour changes to the job, Legacy handled them with ease. They finished the job well ahead of schedule, worked safely, and followed our stringent safety requirements to the letter.

    Joe Bitter Alliant Energy/IEI Barge Services

    Everything that Legacy said they were going to do, they did.

    We obviously had contracts, but the overall feel was kind of like the olden days, where you felt you could just take somebody at their word. Price is a major factor in any purchase decision. But we didn't blink at having to pay a little more for the Legacy structure. Sometimes you have to spend more to get a higher quality building. The installation was very smooth. Legacy's in-house crew worked in cold winter conditions, and they erected the building within five days. They were a very professional group, and I'd highly recommend them. We like the sidewall columns going straight up instead of curving down like in our hoop buildings. First off, it lets us put more product in there. And our front-end loaders can get much closer to the walls and drive straight down the sides. It gives us more working room and increases our efficiency. In the long run I think this will be a building that requires less maintenance. Legacy was so outstanding to work with that I didn't even bother looking at pricing elsewhere.

    Marty Shell Five Rivers

    Legacy was very easy to work with.

    The old buildings used tubular steel, and no matter what you do, the salt gets inside the tubes and corrodes them. They came out here with their crew, rented all their equipment, and erected the buildings in three weeks flat – a week ahead of schedule. It's a stand-up company.

    Theo Gatsonis CM & Sons
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