Victorville Pet Food Facility

Victorville Pet Food Facility

Victorville, California

Kiewit subsidiary, Ibberson, designed and constructed a 382,000-square-foot premium pet food manufacturing facility to replace an aging plant.

The process design included two production lines for a total capacity of 30,000,000 pounds per month. The structure types varied from a heavily reinforced 60-foot by 80-foot by 170-foot-tall concrete structure to a relatively lightweight 300,000-square-foot tilt-up concrete finished product warehouse, to a 50-foot-high truck and rail receiving building, all having various building periods but all connected to form one continuous structure.

A high degree of planning and coordination was required to coordinate work between Ibberson and its subcontractors. Partnering sessions were held during the project with the concept that safety and quality were to be of primary concern. Throughout the project, the site experienced record-breaking rainfall and a small earthquake. Nevertheless, the team completed the project ahead of schedule and without a recordable injury.

Project awards included the Minnesota Associated Builders and Contractors’ Award of Excellence in Construction; American Concrete Institute’s Innovative Use of Concrete; and the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers’ Seven Wonders of Engineering Merit.