Ball Horticultural Seed Distribution Facility

Ball Horticultural
The Seed Distribution Facility

West Chicago, Illinois

December 2025

22,500 sf precast concrete building

Project Scope

Ball Horticultural Company is expanding their existing Seed Distribution Facility at their West Chicago Global Headquarters in 3 Phases. Phase 1 is well underway and will consist of a new 22,000 sf precast addition to their existing building with a 2,000-sf mezzanine. Phase 2 will consist of the partial interior renovation of the existing adjacent 20,000 sf building. Then once a portion of the existing building is renovated, Phase 3 will commence with the renovation of the remaining building all while continuing to support their seed distribution operation.


Todd Frauendorfer
Treasurer and Corporate Secretary

The Featherstone Difference

Featherstone Difference Built on years of trust and successful projects with Ball Horticultural Company, Featherstone was engaged at the start of the programming and conceptual design phase to help guide the owner’s staff and design team in developing definable and quantifiable needs of the new facility along with the most modern technology. Featherstone’s staff developed multiple cost opinions and phasing strategies for each of the concept designs to allow Ball’s staff and their board to make informed decisions on how best to advance the project design prior to costly design services and loss of time. Special care was given to maintain Ball’s extensive seed distribution operation with the recommended fast track project approach to target moves between the developed three phases of construction during Ball’s slower season to allow for redundant operations as a failsafe between shifting from the existing facility into the new fully animated addition, the work on the renovation of the existing building will advance in the two remaining phases. 

Category: New Construction

Budget: $22,143,742

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