Project Description

Client: McCain Foods
Location: Othello, Washington
Project Size: 170,000 SF Potato Processing Addition and Renovations Throughout Campus
Architect: Fisher Construction Group
Facility Type: Food Processing

Project Fast Facts:

  • Structural steel with IMP walls
  • Converted existing freezer to a chilled process washdown and frozen grading rooms
  • 80,000 SF Repurposed existing areas for cold storage and packaging area with ATL
  • Waste-water treatment mud settling bay system
  • Scope Included:
    – Design and Construction
    – Building Structure, Envelope, and Finishes
    – Earthwork, Site Utilities and Improvements
    – IMP Thermal Panel Installation
    – Material Handling
    – Mechanical, Electrical, Piping, HVAC and Refrigeration
    – Process and Packaging Equipment Installation


Fisher pivots during the pandemic and keeps the project moving

Food processing companies with an eye on the future are setting sustainability goals both protect their business and resources. To make substantial strides towards reducing greenhouse emissions and improving resource efficiency across all operations, this multi-national corporation has set about upgrading their processing plants, some thirty to fifty years old.

Fisher’s latest project in Central Washington state addresses the McCain’s sustainable processing goals straight away. With a long-standing reputation as a leading builder of potato processing plants, Fisher Construction Group was chosen as the design|build partner for this $300M plant expansion in the heart of Washington’s Columbia Basin.

Without disrupting existing operations, Fisher demo’d buildings
to make way for the 170,000 sq. ft. new processing building. Along
with the new construction, the project included repurposing
existing structures, adding automated truck loading (ATL) and
material handling systems to the packaging area.

Construction was well underway before COVID 19 pandemic closures forced McCain to put the project on hold to assess safety and market impact. Before restarting construction eight months
later, Fisher worked with McCain’s team to develop safety protocols for construction workers during the pandemic, allowing for construction to move forward safely.

Fisher managed the entire design | build project. Along with the new construction, Fisher implemented the complex mechanical, electrical, and piping for all process and process support equipment. All of which will move this multi-national company towards their goal of making good food better, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and improving resource efficiency.