FS Partners is a management group of local co-operatives that provide agronomy products and services to growers in central and southern Ontario. In 2015, FS Partners initiated the planning stages for a large fertilizer storage and blending facility at their location in Ayr, Ontario. Burnside was retained by Van Pelt Construction as the prime consultant in a design-build team that the took this project from the conceptual design stage right through construction to operation. The 36,000 ft2 facility can store up to 15,000T of fertilizer with the capabilities to blend and process up to 150T of fertilizer at any given time making this the largest facility of its kind in Ontario.
Burnside provided a full suite of engineering services through the planning, design and construction of the facility. Working with FS Partners and Van Pelt Construction, Burnside successfully secured site plan approval and worked with the local municipality through the building permit process. The design of the facility was driven entirely by the functional needs of the owner and integrated the process equipment with the main building systems to provide a complete, functional design. The facility was also designed with materials that could withstand exposure to the fertilizer components resulting in unique combinations of concrete and wood structures aimed at limiting the amount of steel connections and structure.
Following the design and construction of the main facility, Burnside assisted FS Partners with the design and construction of a small accessory building on site and a follow-up review of traffic circulation related to future site developments.
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