Chicago Sugar Storage Project Update
By Aaron Bjerke, Business Development Manager
Work is well underway in Montgomery, IL where American Crystal is building a new sugar trans-loading facility. American Crystal has contracted Dome Technology to build a concrete dome capable of storing 1.3 million hundred weight of sugar, that’s approximately 3 Weibull bins combined! The dome will be the first built in the USA and the 3rd in the world for storing sugar.
The project will include a trans-loading building where full railcars of sugar can be unloaded at a rate of 1 car per hour. The stored sugar will then be re-loaded to bulk sugar trucks at a rate of 4 trucks per hour. Overall, the facility will be capable of moving up to 5 million hundredweight of sugar each year.
In the pictures, the computer model is compared to the current construction progress. The tunnel below the dome is first to be constructed followed by the concrete ring (shown in the model). The Dome will take shape in early March when Dome Technology will inflate a 134’ tall x 183’ diameter airform attached to the concrete ring. The airform will then have insulation, rebar, concrete and coatings applied from the inside to build up its structure.
Current Jobsite Progress Photo 2/4/2016
To follow the project progress, keep an eye on the time lapse construction camera at: