Heartland Farms - Farm Operations Technology & Training Center

Hancock, WI
Delivery Method: Design Build
Architect: Ellis Construction

Fulfilling the need for a progressive and modern-looking building, while designing the look to meet the character of the rural site, was the main objective for this project. Bringing the company’s history into the design was met by placing early historic farming equipment on the front lawn and creating ample wall space in the waiting room to have monitors showing the history of the company. Reminiscent of the original buildings on the site, the front reception desk is constructed incorporating some of the corrugated metal siding from a building that was going to be demolished. A heart-shaped storm water retainage pond incorporating the Owner’s logo as an element that has orientation to lead people into the centered design feature of the main entrance canopy of the building.

Building below the water table, the foundation walls and slabs are all water-proofed with systems and sump pumps are used to control the level of the water to prevent water intrusion. Dirt, dust, and mud tracking into the building poses a challenge to keep the building clean; a mudroom with a clothes and shoe changing area is provided adjacent to the side employee entrance and also includes a boot cleaning floor sink for the employees.

The building was constructed with a photovoltaic array, covering almost the entire roof to provide the majority of the electrical needs for this building. The site lent itself well to incorporate solar electric power into the building design with the open site in the middle of large fields.

2016 WRMCA Concrete Design Award

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