Seed Conditioning Facility - IL

VAA provided comprehensive agribusiness consulting services for this project.

VAA provided industrial architecture, structural, mechanical, civil, electrical engineering and general arrangement / process layout services for a 12,000 SF upgrade of an existing seed cleaning treatment facility to increase seed production for the parent seed plant. Communication between engineering and design team members was critical to coordinate changes during design production. Updates included additional warehouse space, a new shop, a roof over the facility’s bulk storage loadout, a larger office and site drainage improvements.

Our Approach
VAA led the design efforts for the seed processing facility upgrade. The multi-discipline project replaced existing cleaning and treating processes. This included designing a new conditioning system to tie into existing building systems. The electrical systems required major upgrades and veered from a traditional MCC design per the client’s preference.

In lieu of a general sprinkling system, the entire building had a fire wall and was divided into four buildings per code compliance. The design met code requirements while minimizing the amount of expensive fire protection (sprinkling).

VAA developed several layouts to create the most efficient design that aligned with the client’s project objectives. Coordination among VAA’s architecture, structural, mechanical, civil, electrical engineering and general arrangement teams was strengthened with the use of Revit 3D modeling software, which allowed each discipline to design in virtual space and “see” the progress of a project. The program offered many advantages and allowed the team to communicate throughout the process to understand rationale for design changes.

Results
VAA offered an experienced architectural and engineering team to manage 3D design elements to improve the quality and delivery of the project. The client commented on the quality of the design plans and the excellent 3D modeling skills the VAA team demonstrated on the project.