Olsson Associates


Olsson Associates provides services for new Agrium facility

Monday, February 20, 2017

Edie Adams, Marketing

Agrium, a high-tech agricultural research company, looked to Greeley, Colorado, for its new research facility. As part of a divestiture of its research site from Alabama, the move to Greeley made sense. The company already had offices in Loveland, Colorado, and owns Loveland Products in Greeley.

Plans for the research plant consisted of a new 18,000-square-foot agricultural research facility that was split between a structural steel frame pilot-scale production plant and a structural masonry research laboratory. This facility was a high-profile project in full view of the company's leaders. It would serve as the company’s main research lab and testing facility looking for new crop input products and technologies such as enhanced efficiency fertilizers.

Olsson Associates was contacted to get involved with the design of the project. Agrium was interested in four different sites. Olsson performed due diligence and costing options on all four, allowing Agrium to pick the best location for their new facility. Northern Colorado was viewed as being Canadian-based Agrium’s best option, not only because it had an existing facility there, but also because of the potential to attract a strong labor force.

Olsson was further retained to provide the complete architectural and engineering package for the project. Early in the project, Olsson coordinated and completed a design charrette that included having key stakeholders define and kickoff the project. These discussions included building use, functionality, design criteria, building footprint, land selection criteria, and site tours.

“Agrium needed a trusted partner to lead them through the entire project process,” said Kris Pickett, client manager for the project. “Olsson was able to deliver on that and assist them from site selection all the way to design through construction.”

Olsson provided project management; site selection; charrette, entitlement, building permit, and architecture coordination; geotechnical, mechanical, structural, civil, electrical, and landscape designs; and survey services. Olsson also provided a full geotechnical report to address recommendations for the site development and shallow foundation design, as well as construction materials engineering and testing during construction.

The $10.5 million facility opened in July 2016, giving Agrium a firm base in the Northern Colorado area.

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