Home stretch for concrete!

The building project is going well and we are in the home stretch with the concrete part of this project. In the last blog we left off with the load out wall installed and they were starting to back fill. Now the interior is filled and compacted, so it is time to install the vapor barrier and re-bar.


Along with installing the re-bar in this part of the building, there has to be electrical conduits installed. The conduits in the picture below will allow electrical and data lines to be installed from one side of the load out area to the other side by the containment area. Concrete in this area will be 8″ thick and one layer of re-bar installed with a cross pattern with 12″ x 12″ squares.

img_0527 The load out and tank containment areas have sloped floors so fluid will drain to stainless steel catch basins. This building will be self contained, if there was a product loss it will flow to our catch basins and be pumped into a tote container. In the second picture below you can see the catch basin in the center of the floor.



Lets move on to the tank install. The tanks were shipped on flatbed trailer to the site, then a crane was used to off load the tanks and put them in wood cradles . Below is the entrance to the Carrington North Dakota facility.


After all the concrete work for the containment area was complete, there is another step before the tanks could be installed into the containment. The step I am referring to is the second layer of containment that Agroliquid requires and has implemented into all containment projects. This second layer of containment is a spray on polyurea liner. Once the liner is installed and cured it’s time to install the tanks.


Tank installation can be a challenge in itself. This involves one crane to pick up the tank and set it on a trailer at the storage spot, then a truck hauls it to the spot where the second crane will be attached and then lift the tank to an upright position.  This is easier explained than done. Especially with the wind conditions in North Dakota. After the tank is in the upright position the crane swings it over into the containment area where spotters make sure the tank and the tank openings are in the correct position. Last but not least they have to put 4 to 6 thousand gallons of water in the tank for weight so the wind can not blow it over. There is a lot of teamwork that takes place.



We even enlisted help from our Williams Iowa facility. I know what you are thinking and yes, you are right, that is our Site Manager from Iowa Jeff Luiken (left), all dressed up like it is cold out. It was about 32 degrees in the morning. Frost on the pumpkin comes earlier in North Dakota than it does in Michigan. A big “Thank you” to Jeff Luiken, Dusty Schutt and Danny Leerar for traveling and giving their support to the tank setting project.



A job well done! Next up, getting the building built over the tanks!