Tippmann Construction of Fort Wayne, IN was hired by Chobani, Inc. to act as general contractor and charged with the formidable task of constructing the world’s largest yogurt production facility in an unprecedented timeframe. Knowing they needed a consultant with the ability to perform, Tippmann Construction contracted with Manhard Consulting to complete the site design of this nearly one-million square foot facility situated on 200-acres of land in Twin Falls, ID. The Manhard team began design of the site in November 2011 for a ground-breaking on December 17, 2011. The aggressive design-build schedule required close coordination between the Manhard team, the contractor and various other consultants involved in the design of the production facility building. On December 19, 2012, 362 days after the initial ground-breaking, the world’s largest yogurt plant was officially opened for production.

The scope of services for this project included site master planning consultation, grading and earthwork analysis, infrastructure design, and storm water management. In an effort to reduce construction time, Manhard utilized the revolutionary site development software called SITEOPS. Employing this new technology allowed Manhard to provide a grading design that minimized the volume of earth moved, thereby reducing the time and costs associated with preparing the site for the start of building erection.

The Manhard team’s communication and coordination with contractors and consultants spread across the country proved a vital piece in keeping this project on track and on schedule.