Project Description

Client: NORPAC Foods
Location: Salem, Oregon
Project Size: 44,214 sq. ft.
Architect: Fisher Construction Group
Facility Type: Corporate Office

Corporate Office Salutes the Past

Blending NORPAC’s Farming Heritage with an Eye Towards the Future

90 years ago, when Willamette Valley farmers realized working together was better than separately, they had a vision for delivering farm fresh quality to the dinner tables in the Northwest. Over the years the 240-farmer cooperative evolved into a national leader in food processing. This project provided the opportunity to bring management, marketing and sales under one roof.

Just like NORPAC itself, the two-story building is welcoming and hard working. Capturing both the history and the innovative spirit that has driven the company, the office features a 30 ft. mural showcasing the company’s history. The boardroom ceiling is lined with barn wood reclaimed from a local 1920’s era barn. A state-of-the-art test kitchen develops recipes featuring NORPAC’s latest products.

Designed and built by Fisher Construction Group, the office was built in combination with Henningsen Cold Storage’s new 244,000 sq. ft. freezer. Built on NORPAC’s Plant #8 campus, the cold storage is connected to the office and shares the site with one of NORPAC’s processing plants.

Fisher’s civil crew navigated the challenges of preparing the site and relocating utilities with minimal disruption to ongoing processing operations. The two unique structures built side-by-side required separate contracts, many different subcontractors, but shared the economy gained by building together.

Looking forward to the next 90 years, the cooperative is poised for growth and ready deliver premium quality fruits and vegetables to dinner tables across the region.