Bayer Becker’s experience with industrial site design and mass grading were instrumental in the design of Whitewater Mill, a seven story wheat processing facility with eight 150 foot tall grain storage bins located in West Harrison, Indiana. Once completed the mill will produce 700 tons of wheat-based products daily. Because of the site’s location in a floodplain, raising the site became necessary. To help raise the site and control costs, an onsite borrow pit was utilized. The borrow pit was designed and constructed to control sedimentation until all construction is completed. When completed, the borrow area will be permanently used as storm water detention for the property.
The site’s flat topography made utility layout a challenge. Many runs of storm sewer were upsized to handle the required design flows. In addition to site engineering, Bayer Becker field crews provided construction staking for some 500 concrete pilings for the building’s construction. Bayer Becker also provided a Traffic Impact Study for the site and design and permitting through the Genesee Wyoming Railroad for two large borings for storm water culverts. Design of a ½ mile industrial railroad track to service the mill was also provided for the client. When the mill is in full operation, it will be a self-automated state of the art facility open for the local farming industry.