Modern feed mill design optimizes safety and incorporates existing site infrastructure
The owner was looking to build a modern facility to replace the existing on-site mill. Safety and employee wellbeing were project priorities along with a mill that complies with current NFPA safety regulations and is easier to clean / maintain. Koch Foods selected Vigen Construction with VAA as their primary design consultant to build a new integrated poultry feed mill to replace the existing mill. With five decades of combined experience designing and building feed mills, Vigen and VAA formed an accomplished team well suited to handle the needs of a complex mill project.
VAA created a 3D model of the mill using REVIT to aid in the layout and design of the mill and its equipment. The multidiscipline firm also provided life safety code review; civil engineering, including grading, drainage and paving plans; structural engineering; and plumbing and HVAC drawings.
The facility was designed for optimal safety and complies with NFPA standards with features such as all legs being located outside and pressure relief venting in required areas. The facility design also minimizes dust ledges by using tube steel for all structural steel in the mill and load out tower, while providing space and access around equipment to enable easy maintenance and housekeeping.
The project result is a mill capable of producing over 15,000 tons of pelleted feed per week. The new facility reincor-porates the existing shuttle train receiving pit and existing whole grain storage silos into the design. New structures include a new soft stock truck receiving system, steel grinding system, slipform ingredient mill and finished feed load out towers. A 17,400 SF precast ancillary building housing liquid storage, boilers and maintenance facilities was also built.
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