This animal nutrition blending and processing facility was a time and materials design-build project. The project scope consisted of a pre-engineered metal process building with bulk and tote receiving, mixing, grinding and pneumatic conveyance capabilities for 50-pound bags, 2,000-pound totes and bulk truck load out.
Weitz self-performed all steel erection, metal building erection, millwright, pneumatics installation and painting at Lortscher Animal Nutrition.
Weitz organized a partnering session with Lortscher and trusted trade partners prior to the start of this project to establish relationships with the team. While the actual design-build contracts established the legal relationships, the partnering process established the working relationships among the stakeholders through a mutually developed, formal strategy of commitment and communication. It created an environment where trust and teamwork prevented disputes, fostered a cooperative bond to everyone’s benefit and facilitated the completion of a successful project.
Near the completion of the project, Lortscher hosted a team-building event that included a Professional Bull Riding rodeo in Dallas, outdoor BBQ on their hunting lease near Santa Anna, Texas, and an on-site partnering session in Brownwood, Texas, to discuss lessons learned and review the scope of the next phase of the project.
Recently, Weitz teamed with Lortscher and other trusted partners to host an after-hours dinner and social following a day at the Petfood Forum in Kansas City, Mo. The social included only invited guests, many of whom were clients.
We utilized Lean Last Planner and Building Information Modeling (BIM) on this project.