Plymouth manufacturer adds two-story building onto campus with 219 pieces of precast concrete

Buhler Inc. – Food Application Center

Plymouth, MN
General Contractor:
Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.
Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc.
Buhler Inc.

A multibillion-dollar Swiss manufacturing and tech company, Buhler Inc., is adding office space to its North American headquarters in the Twin Cities. The food processing technology division expansion project is 8,500-square-foot, two-story building and 66 parking spaces that sits within the 12.4-acre campus. The new application center will be used to test, develop and validate multiple grain applications; Buhler Inc. currently employs 310 people at its Plymouth location.

Wells Concrete provided precast concrete for this project; manufacturing and erecting nearly 28,000 sq. ft of product.  More than 50 members of insulated wall panels showcase architectural acid etch and sandblast finish.  Inverted T, ledge and rectangular beams and haunch columns were used to support the 12” and 8” flat slabs.  Our precast concrete structural and envelope system is able to meet the demands of projects like this one by providing cost-effective open spans, smooth and ledge free surfaces, meets USDA surface standards, fire resistance, and durable, low maintenance building envelopes.

Project Summary

Product Sq. Ft. #
Architectural Insulated Wall 12’ x 10’ 10,795 52
Architectural Solid Wall 64 2
Haunch Column 1,314 25
Inverted T Beam 1,522 33
Ledge Beam 916 24
Rectangular Beam 40 1
Solid Slab 12” and 8” 13,264 82
Totals 27,916 219


Project Stats #
Total Production Hours 4,901
Total Production Days 61
Number of Truck Loads 109
Erection Days 11.47

For more information about this project, contact Mat Boie or Scott Gates.