Legacy designed, manufactured and constructed a fertilizer storage building for Tronson Grain up in Crary, North Dakota. Patrick Tronson, assistant manager, describes the building as simple with a big footprint, but it’s anything but simple. The floor of the storage building is poured concrete with a pit in the middle. Then there are multiple storage bins separated by precast concrete walls. The attached tower is probably the most imposing feature. It’s a 150-ton capacity automated loading and mixing machine.
- Building Size: 108 ft x 300 ft structure with a 40 ft x 120 ft lean-to (37,200 total sq ft)
- All steel components are hot dip galvanized
- ExxoTec™ Elite PVC fabric cladding, white and gray
- Passive ventilation through mesh soffit and roof vents
- Combination cast-in-place and pier foundation
- Conveyor system is supported by the roof beams and can load about 800 tons an hour
- The whole building has a 15,000-ton capacity
- Installed by Legacy crews
- 26.1 psf ground snow load, 105 mph wind load,
exposure C, seismic A
37,200 sq ft
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.
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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