Project Description

Client: Lamb Weston | ConAgra Foods
Location: Boardman, Oregon
Project Size: 356,252 sq. ft.
Including: 282,035 sq. ft. Processing Plant; 49,407 sq. ft. Freezer; 24,810 sq. ft. New/Remodel Office
Architect: Fisher Construction Group
Facility Type: Food Processing

Lamb Weston Keeping Up with Market Demand

New Line Addition Increases Capacity by 300 Million Pounds Annually

Every year more than 11 billion potatoes make their way to one of Lamb Weston’s seven Columbia Basin plants for processing into French fries. Yet, with the market demand for French fries still growing, Lamb Weston chose to expand its Boardman, Oregon facility.

Fisher’s success in building Lamb Weston’s sweet potato plant in Delhi, Louisiana gained them an invitation to build the Boardman Line 2 Addition. The building shell and envelope were constructed with insulated precast sandwich panel walls and precast columns with a double-tee roof structure. The entire facility is designed with a focus on food safety, eliminating opportunities for bacteria build up wherever possible.

Fisher self-performed all of the site work, utilities and pouring 15,100 cubic yards of cast-in-place concrete. By self-performing these scopes, the team gained greater control of quality, the tight schedule, and budget.

Fisher’s design | build process made it possible to, not only construct the facility but have the equipment installed and operating 12 months after breaking ground. Fisher’s ability to created a full spectrum 3D model including architecture, MEP, structural, and equipment was integral to the project’s fast-track success.

Additionally, Fisher managed all of the process equipment and process support installation, giving Lamb Weston the extra bandwidth to focus on their new vertical start-up delivery program.