Wheat Growers’ New Agronomy Center From SMA Is Built For Growth

South Dakota Wheat Growers in Kennebec, SD, worked with SMA Design Build to develop a large-scale crop nutrient and grain handling storage facility that meets current and future needs.


What They Needed

South Dakota Wheat Growers determined that they wanted to develop a large-scale crop nutrient and grain handling storage facility near Kennebec, SD. This facility was a vision developed by the construction of a large railroad expansion by the state. The initial phase included the development of a fertilizer storage facility. SMA worked closely with the SDWG to establish and design the ideal size facility for this location. This design also included the ability to expand upon future growth. With 40 years of design experience, SMA’s design team was able to achieve the goals to construct a cost-efficient facility to meet SDWG’s needs. Along with construction of the structure, SMA’s team also installed all of the material handling equipment, providing a true design-build experience.

A Statement From The Retailer

“In the initial planning, we were looking for a fertilizer shed that would encompass all our needs and yet be expandable. SMA helped us design a shed that works great for our current needs and is also set-up to cover our future needs when we decide to add on. During the building process SMA dealt with some adverse winter conditions and even a wind storm causing some damage mid-construction. With the potential setbacks, we still finished the project ahead of schedule. Wheat Growers also saw benefits working with SMA on efficiencies. They work very closely with their concrete contractor GBI and SMA was also able to use their own millwright crews to complete the material handling equipment install. From design to our finished fertilizer shed, working with SMA was a great experience. They were very professional and focused on giving us the best product in a timely matter.” — John Kroll, Maintenance and Construction Manager