Milk Dryers

Feihe International, Canada Royal Milk, Kingston, Ontario

This $200 million project included a new infant formula plant with a designed total area of 270,000 sq. ft. on a 1.6 million sq. ft. site in Ontario, Canada. A precast concrete dryer tower was installed to a height of 130 feet, which included two dryers, two evaporators, complete separate wet processes in the plant, along with a large scale ASRS and robotics for product movement. The product was to be manufactured and packaged for international export, and it was the first North American facility for one of the largest dairy product manufacturers in China. Project was completed on time and on budget.

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Continental Dairy Facilities Southwest, Project Roosevelt, Littlefield, Texas

Design/Build project to modify and expand an existing denim plant into a milk processing facility. Scopes included new receiving bays, tank vestibules, wet processing areas, evaporator, dryer tower, central plant, butter processing plant/cooler, packaging, offices, labs, welfare/support spaces, and updating the existing warehouse and site. The site included a separate project to construct a WWTP in conjunction with the main project. Dahlgren’s provided structural, mechanical, , and architectural services. The project also required close coordination in order to merge two projects, with two separate clients, and have simultaneous completion dates.

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Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC, Coopersville, Michigan

This project was a design/build milk intake expansion and butter production plant. Dahlgren’s work consisted of raw silo alcoves vestibule, pasteurized silo alcoves vestibule, wet process room, and a butter process room. It also included the filler room, box erector room, remelt room, hot water washroom, brine room, salt room, cooler warehouse, dry warehouse, trash room, grading room, driver’s area, restrooms, office, cooler dock, and related site development.

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Southwest Cheese, Clovis, New Mexico

Dahlgren performed a large remodel on this project, taking the plant from 10 ½ million pounds of milk a day to 14 ½ million pounds of milk a day. Work on the project included installing a new dryer tower, three truck bays, new milk receiving line, and new whey plant. This consisted of large quantities of light wall stainless steel food grade piping, heat exchangers and exact temperature control, pumps and CIP systems, thousands of flow and temperature instruments, epoxy coatings, and mass power distribution from 15kv to low voltage.

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CRP 3 and CRP 4 Expansion; Boardman, Oregon

Dahlgren was contracted by the client to provide design-assisted construction management at an existing facility in Boardman, Oregon. The project included the construction of an additional 66,000 sq. ft. The new area consisted of a WPC 80 dryer (whey protein content 80), lactose dryers, a packaging facility, 22,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space, and office and welfare space. Dahlgren also installed an onsite wastewater pre-treatment system and reverse osmosis system to treat water coming into the building. The scope of the project included pouring 6,800 CY of concrete and erecting over 500TN of structural steel. The main project structure was built from more than 800 pieces of intricate pre-cast panels, beams, and columns. The coordination of large, complex equipment placement as the building was being constructed, allowing for size and complex structural decking of the building, was essential.

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CS Facilities LLC

Non Fat Milk Dryer Coopersville, MI Year: 2010-2012 Nonfat milk dryer design/build project at the Brownfield 4mm lbs./day condensing and drying plant, containing a Tetra Pak CPS dryer with the receiving, wet process, and dry process plants. These were all contained within a new precast concrete building, and the existing steel framed manufacturing building was converted into a powder storage warehouse, offices, and maintenance shop. Additionally, a complete rebuild to the existing wet tube boilers, new air compressors, and a new wastewater pretreatment system were installed within the existing powerhouse, along with 15-acres of associated site utilities and paving.

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Darigold Dryer 88, Lynden, WA

This $10M design/build project involved demolishing a fire damaged 65’ facility and rebuilding an operational 145’ milk drying tower in its place. The work had to be completed within a strict time limit to get the plant operational, while incorporating existing structural work into the new steel structure.  Scheduling and coordination occurred simultaneously with the remainder of the operational plant, process vendor, and numerous civil, structural, architectural, mechanical, and plumbing services. The project was ultimately completed per the strict schedule requirements.

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