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Titan Machinery Inc., West Fargo, N.D.

One of North America's largest agricultural and construction equipment dealers, Titan Machinery Inc. dedicated its new corporate headquarters building in December 2010. Founded in 1980, the publicly traded company has a network of 87 facilities that sell and service Case IH, Case Construction, New Holland and New Holland Construction brands, along with some short-line equipment and consumer products in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Wyoming.

The $8.2 million building responds to the Titan business model that empowers management at each "local" store to maintain the continuity of personal relationships essential in America's Heartland. The 48,000-square-foot Shared Research Center provides centralized support from corporate, accounting, information technology, marketing, training and limited warehouse operations for critical parts that otherwise require long lead time for the local dealership facilities to order from factories. Although not formally certified by the USGBC, the new facility was designed to LEED Silver criteria.

Using the construction management method for the project delivery, Butler Builder C.I. Construction, served as the CM and provided Titan with single-source oversight on multiple building programs for new and upgraded dealership projects in various communities.

The project incorporates a hybrid combination of metal building systems structurally integrated with conventional steel and precast concrete components. Based on favorable experience on their earlier buildings, Titan wanted the MR-24 standing-seam metal roof system on this mission-critical facility. Butler also supplied its Widespan structural system with X-bracing in the transverse direction, TexturalWall pre-insulated metal wall panel system, the second floor beam support, metal roof deck and roof purlins. The building plan provides 30,400 square feet on the first floor, 17,300 square feet on the second floor and 31,000 square feet of below-grade parking. This provides 40 percent, or 14,300 square feet, for offices; 30 percent for common areas and the cafeteria, along with multiple conference rooms. Another 15 percent, or approximately 5,900 square feet, supports training, including an area that holds two 17-ton tractor units. The final 5,000 square feet if used for critical parts inventory. Provisions for future expansion are engineered into the south and west corners over the cafeteria and human resources space.

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Construction manager: C.I. Construction, Alexandria, Minn.

Architects: MBA Architects, Fargo

Structural engineers: Solien & Larson Engineering, Fargo

Metal building, roof and wall panels: Butler Manufacturing, Kansas City, Mo.,,