The addition to Bayer’s Lethbridge Canola Seed Processing Facility brings new capacity to a canola seed processing plant that is one of the largest to be found anywhere and can now process more than 30,000 metric tons of canola seed per year.
The project involved the addition of a preengineered metal building to the existing seed packaging and distribution facility near Lethbridge, Alberta. PCL also carried out supplementary site development and reconfigured truck traffic routes, and poured concrete pads to incorporate extra bins for seed storage.
The owner of the facility, Bayer CropScience, makes crop-protection products (such as herbicides, insecticides, and seed treatments) and sustainable farming solutions available around the world. Bayer picked PCL to expand their facility not only owing to competitive pricing—the project team provided value-engineering options that led to a 10% reduction in construction costs post-award—but also very particularly based on the firm’s superior safety program, a factor that was very important to Bayer. In view of the necessity to have the building up and running for the following season, PCL in addition committed to and achieved a significantly truncated schedule.
For farmers across the prairie provinces, as well as for Bayer CropScience, the expansion proved its worth suddenly and unexpectedly in late May 2015, when a spring frost forced canola farmers to replant nearly two million acres of their crop. After seasonal seed production had ended, and a few months before the officially opening of the plant in October, replacement seed was delivered 1,500 kilometers, and further away, within days.