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.”
- 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
14,616 sq ft
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.
The new building will protect the salt supply.
It will be protected from being compromised by wind and precipitation. Once the general contractor completed the footings and floors, Legacy installed the fabric building very quickly, in about two weeks. It was a very positive process with professional communication between Legacy and Dewberry throughout the project.
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.
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