A&M Composting Building
"The A&M Composting Facility's original building collapsed following a large snowstorm, because the building was weakened from the corrosive environment of composting. The new 45,000 square foot facility is a sewage containment and remediation facility that breaks down bio-solids from water treatment plants and makes nutrients that safely fertilize plants and farms. The nature of this process and the corrosive elements of the sewage produce a corrosion-rich atmosphere, and the new structure needed to be able to withstand these harsh conditions. Hot-dip galvanizing was specified because of its durable, corrosion resistant nature and quick turnaround time. After the previous structure collapsed, the composting facility needed to be constructed and operational in a short period of time. To meet the time constraints, two galvanizers teamed up to produce the pieces in a compressed schedule. In total, 1,200 tons of steel was galvanized, including columns, trusswork, structural supports, and hardware. The quick turnaround of the galvanized pieces allowed the facility to restart operations in the shortest amount of time possible, and the durable, corrosion resistant coating ensures the composting facility will continue to operate safely and economically well into the future. "