Project Description

Client: McCain Foods
Location: Burley, Idaho
Project Size: 168,954 SF Potato Processing Addition
                        100,807 SF Raw Receiving Building
                         32,388 SF Automated Truck Loading Facility
Architect: Fisher Construction Group
Facility Type: Food Processing

Project Fast Facts:

  • Concrete decks
  • Structural steel with IMP walls
  • Pipe bridge connecting utilities throughout the campus
  • Rammed aggregate piles support slab foundation
  • Constructed on an operational, fifty-year-old campus
  • Complete Design and General Contracting Services Scope Included:
    – Site-work
    – Building construction
    – Process equipment installation
    – Material handling
    – MEP


updating fifty-year-old processing campus

The challenge is familiar: Expand and upgrade a fully operational food processing campus with minimal disruption to ongoing production.

McCain Foods, the world’s largest producer of frozen potato products, faced this challenge on their Burley, Idaho processing campus. Following an extensive interview process, they chose Fisher Construction Group as their AEC partner. Fisher’s strong track record in renovations and greenfield projects for industry processing giants won them the job.

The multi-faceted expansion created one of the world’s largest
frozen potato production facilities. The project included a
new food-safe processing facility; a centralized raw receiving
building that supplies the campus’s three process plants and an
automatic truck loading (ATL) facility–all located in the heart
of a fifty-year-old processing campus with three generations of

Because of its location by a river, soil conditions on the processing campus made it necessary to use over a thousand rammed aggregate piles to support the building foundations. The tight site footprint required Fisher’s brand of innovative solutions: a multi-directional pipe bridge built to carry gas, water, and steam overhead as well as supply new and existing buildings with raw potatoes for processing.

Along with construction management, Fisher situated architects, structural engineers, MEP | Process engineering and safety team members on-site to ensure the fast-moving project received the focused attention vital for success. In conjunction with the design and construction of the buildings, Fisher managed the entire design | build team, including the master schedule and the installation of all owner-supplied process and process support equipment.