New DFA Facility begins Production in Kansas

A new USDA dairy dryer processing plant for Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) began product production this fall. This state-of-the-art facility occupies 267,000 square feet of clean-room, assembly, manufacturing space.  Speed-to-market is a high priority for most food processing facilities and this facility was no different. Design for the high-production dairy plant began in early 2015 with construction starting in the 4th quarter that same year. The first truck-load of raw milk arrived for processing at the plant in late September 2017! Located in Garden City, Kansas, the plant has the capacity to receive 4-million pounds of raw milk every day. This facility is a partnership between DFA and 12 of its member farms in Southwest Kansas. The powdered milk and milk by-products will help support the dairy industry’s continued growth in the United States and globally.

Consistently one of the Top 10 Largest Dairy Producers, as listed by Dairy Foods which is a publication dedicated to the dairy industry in the United States, DFA had sales exceeding $4.1 billion in 2016. The new facility in Garden City, Kansas will increase the capacity of DFA and further entrench them as one of the premiere providers of dairy products in North America.

Dairy Farmers of America and Dairy Herd Management have articles relating to the facility and it’s impact both domestically and globally.

The Food Processing Group at MSKTD & Associates, led by George Bachnivsky, provided architectural and interior design services, as well as, structural and civil engineering for this processing facility. MSKTD has become accustomed to providing design expertise for food processing facilities and has recently designed some of the largest dairy processing facilities across the country.

IIDA Membership Mix & Mingle

On October 26, 2017, over 50 members and associates of the Indiana Chapter of IIDA (International Interior Design Association) enjoyed several hours of great food and conversation. IIDA is a professional organization with 15,000+ members across 58 countries. The Indiana chapter, whose “role is to celebrate, advocate, and create opportunities for the best Interior Designers in Indiana and to connect them with the best opportunities in the field,” did not disappoint Thursday evening’s event goers. IIDA Indiana holds mingle events yearly at each City Center (Indianapolis and Fort Wayne) to help interior design professionals build stronger connections within the industry and strengthen relationships, while showcasing the benefits of an IIDA membership.

MSKTD was honored to host the event at its headquarters in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

IIDA loves to promote the development of future professionals. Jessica Hendrick, a student at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, was awarded a $1000 stipend at yesterday’s event for her interest in interior design.

For information on future IIDA events or the Indiana Chapter of IIDA, visit or contact Sarah Savage, IIDA Indiana President-Elect at

New Patient Tower

Franciscan Health continues to build upon their excellent healthcare in Lafayette.  The new patient tower at the Lafayette East Campus is completely enclosed and scheduled to be open in the spring of 2018.  MSKTD is pleased to be the design architect for this new addition which will add capacity and serve as the new front entrance to the hospital.  The $40 + million project continues to progress smoothly and we have enjoyed working alongside Tonn and Blank Construction and the staff at Franciscan Health Lafayette.

New Dairy Plant Nearly Complete

A new USDA dairy dryer processing plant for Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is nearly finished.  This state-of-the-art facility encompasses 267,000 square feet.  Located in Garden City, Kansas, the plant has the capacity to receive 4-Million pounds of milk per day and is expected to be operational in September 2017.  MSKTD & Associates provided architectural and interior design services, as well as, structural and civil engineering for this advanced food processing facility.


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MSKTD is the architect for Borg Warner’s Indiana Tech Center.  The facility will be located just off of I-69 in Noblesville, Indiana.  The two-story Corporate Office/Research & Development complex will encompass approximately 100,000 square feet and feature an open-office work environment.

“We’ve been working pretty hard on this opportunity since last October”, said Bob Harmeyer, Principal-In-Charge for the MSKTD Indy Office.  “We developed different conceptual designs to meet the owner’s needs and to take full advantage of the various properties being considered.  The Noblesville site was a “win” for everyone involved!”

MSKTD is providing all architectural and interior design services for this project, Hagerman is the general contractor, and the project is being developed by Great Lakes Capital.

The ground-breaking ceremony took place June 23, 2017.