Bel Brands USA Greenfield Cheese Plant

Faithful+Gould provided project management services for this 170,000-square-foot cheese facility in Brookings, South Dakota.

The $144 million facility has been in the works since February 2012, when Faithful+Gould signed on as project manager for the duration of construction. The project had some early challenges when developing the design and construction strategies so that the site work and building foundations could be completed before the harsh South Dakota winter began. To handle this, the team decided the best course of action would be to base the selections of the engineering and general contractor firms in part on their ability to work with us on a collaborative effort. This total "team" environment on the project enabled all parties to work through scope, design and construction activities that resulted in value added alternatives for a successful project completion that was on schedule and within budget.

Faithful+Gould initially provided project planning and pre-design services, assisting with the project delivery and contract strategy decisions, cost planning and project master scheduling as well as pre-qualifying and procuring the architect/engineering design team as well as the general contractor/construction manager.

During construction Faithful+Gould provided full time on-site project management services, MEP scope coordination and global schedule support, working with Bel engineering in France and equipment suppliers. We also facilitated a LEED® Charette, and assisted Bel in their pursuit of LEED® certification for the facility. The Brookings plant is the largest industrial capital expenditure in Bel Group’s history. The plant will use about 500,000 pounds of milk per day, purchased through two dairy co-ops in the region.

Related expert