Customer Name: Colin Horst
Buildings Size and Series: 150’ wide by 234’ long Genesis Building Series
Building Use: Composting and Mulch
Authorized Dealer: Britespan Building Systems of Ontario
Elmview Farms Inc. has been supplying the Waterloo Region and surrounding areas with high-quality compost for more than 20 years to both commercial and residential customers. Over the years, they realized that they needed to make some changes to their operations to accommodate their continued growth. “We wanted to get our product under a roof and our old location didn’t allow for that,” said Colin Horst, Partner at Elmview Farms.
They decided on a 150-foot-wide by 234-foot-long fabric structure from Britespan to produce and store their final compost product. “We like the clearance and the height the Genesis building gave us. The clear span interior gives us room to operate our excavator and keeps the excess moisture off our product,” says Colin.
Elmview Farms strives to be the best in their business and produce top quality mulch, topsoil, and compost to their customers. With moisture being a key component in the decomposition process of creating compost, the building plays an important role in helping Elmview Farms achieve their goals of superior quality products. “Ever since we started storing the mulch in building, it allows us to give a more consistent product to our customers. We can control the moisture, we can add moisture and we can keep it at the right moisture until we sell it to the customer,” says Colin.
Colin says they plan to add another Britespan fabric building to their site soon. “The next structure we’re building will have raised floors where we’ll have a row of fans providing forced air to add oxygen to the mixture to further speed up composting times. Currently, the whole process takes about 9 months. With the next building, we’re adding we prospect it will cut the process down to 5 or 6 months”.
The composting facility was built in a fraction of the time compared to a conventional building and had some tight completion deadlines to contend with. “We found Britespan very easy to work with. They always kept us up to date on the process. We know we gave them a tight deadline to meet, however, they met it and now we’re in business.”