Kansas FFA Association

Frontier Farm Credit Hosts Ribbon Cutting and Celebrates Community Partnerships

December 13, 2013
Frontier Farm Credit Hosts Ribbon Cutting and Celebrates Community Partnerships
The Manhattan community joined Frontier Farm Credit Board Members and employees at the ribbon cutting and open house for the new administrative headquarters on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2009 Vanesta Place, Manhattan.
“The new administrative headquarters is the eighth construction or remodeling project, culminating a decade of facility planning and implementation,” said Doug Hofbauer, President / CEO, Frontier Farm Credit. “We are committed to serving our member-owners. As a cooperative, we celebrate the core of the agricultural industry across the territory of Frontier Farm Credit – exceptional farmers, ranchers, and agribusinss people who own and govern Frontier Farm Credit.  Our people live to serve rural America, and we appreciate the opportunity to share this new facility today with the community, our customers and friends.”
Frontier Farm Credit, a locally-owned and-controlled finance cooperative, is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System of borrower-owned institutions providing loans, leases and financially-related services to agriculture and rural America.
The 25,000 square-foot building was designed to connect with the surrounding landscape of the Flint Hills. The exterior utilizes warm tones of brick and limestone that tie back to the natural materials found in the area. The facility currently houses 57 employees who support more than 6,000 customers of the $1.6 billion patronage-paying association. The open-concept space features modern work stations with work surfaces that raise and lower, allowing employees to sit or stand. Each station is equipped with three computer monitors. Prior to the new facility, staff had been housed in multiple locations. The Association maintains the regional office on East Highway 24 to serve customers throughout the surrounding counties.
“After completing the construction or expansion of our regional offices, the administrative building allows us to bring our administrative teams together,” said Burl Peckman, Frontier Farm Credit Board Chair. “We, as a board, take pride in the fact that all of our facility improvements have been made with the goal of improving employee work environment, communications, and overall efficiency to better serve customers.”
Rick Wise, Principal, The Clark Enerson Partners, with offices in Kansas City, MO, Overland Park, KS., and Lincoln, NE, represented the firm and reflected on the client-lead design process. Gale Lantis, Principal and General Manager, Mar Lan Construction, Lawrence, KS, recalled the work since the April, 2012 ground breaking at the site.
Several boxes of toys were collected during the event for distribution to families this holiday season through Toys for Manhattan. Members of the Manhattan High School FFA Chapter helped with the toy collection.
Travis Ball, Vice President and Lead Relationship Manager, CoBank, ACB, joined Frontier Farm Credit board members and staff during the event to present a match contribution to the Kansas FFA Foundation.
“Agricultural education is critical to the development of tomorrow’s agribusiness professionals and industry leaders,” said Ball. “The efforts of the Kansas FFA have resulted in more chapters across the state and a renewed energy for careers in agriculture. To ensure the momentum continues, we must also invest in retaining and recruiting agricultural educators.”
Brandi Disberger, Instructor of Agricultural Education, Kansas State University Department of Communications and Agricultural Education, was joined by Kansas FFA President Lindy Bilberry and Vice President Carrie Carlson to accept the $5,000 contribution. CoBank’s match dollars are given in response to the more than $14,000 donated to the Kansas FFA Foundation by the six locally-owned Farm Credit Associations of Kansas.
"Teach Ag" is a national recruitment and retention program to highlight opportunities in agricultural education.  Kansas has been very active in the national "Teach Ag" campaign and will use the CoBank investment to highlight the opportunities for careers in agricultural education in Kansas.
"This support will allow us to truly market the profession of agricultural education to prospective students and work to overcome the critical shortage of agricultural educators in our state and across the nation," said Disberger. “We share our sincerest appreciation for the work that has been done to help secure support to help spread the ‘Teach Ag’ message.  We are very excited to provide a new look to the profession of agricultural education through these materials."
Frontier Farm Credit, ACA, is a $1.6 billion, borrower-owned, cooperative financial institution and member of the nearly 100-year-old Farm Credit System serving more than 6,000 shareholders in Kansas with regional offices in Manhattan, Marysville, Hiawatha, Emporia, Baldwin, and Parsons. The Association offers agricultural loans, leases, crop insurance, appraisal services, tax preparation, and recordkeeping.
Mar Lan Construction, based in Lawrence, has been the construction partner for Frontier Farm Credit for nearly a 10 year period. This includes new facilities, renovations to existing locations and additions. The most recent would be the new Administrative Building in Manhattan.  Mar Lan Construction was selected through a state-wide qualification process.  Mar Lan Construction’s portfolio includes projects throughout eastern Kansas, including office buildings, shopping centers, institutional, industrial, restaurants, multi-story buildings, and parking facilities to name a few.  Mar Lan Construction specializes in customer service and focuses on three types of project delivery - negotiated, construction management, and design/build. Details about the company and its projects can be found at its website, www.marlanconstruction.com.
Formed in 1946, The Clark Enersen Partners is an architecture and engineering firm of more than 90 people with offices in Kansas City, Mo., Fairway, Kan., and Lincoln, Neb. They have partnered with Frontier Farm Credit on other successful projects throughout Kansas. The firm has expertise in office facilities, science and research laboratories, libraries, civic and urban design projects and a wide variety of college and university facilities. With in-house expertise in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and mechanical, electrical and structural engineering, The Clark Enersen Partners are able to provide comprehensive design service to clients throughout the Midwest.
The Stats: Frontier Farm Credit Administrative Headquarters, Manhattan, KS
·         Architect:  Clarke Enersen Partners
·         Contractor: Mar Lan Construction
·         Size:    
o   25,000 sq. ft.   
o   Designed to allow for a 10,000 sq. ft. addition to the north.
·         Open office. Flexible work environment.
·         Raised floor allows for cabling, under-floor air handling.
·         Server room provides technology needs for administrative office and six regional offices.
·         Natural gas automatic back-up generator
·         First floor restrooms also serve as storm shelters.
·         Building has wellness, private, and shower facilities.
·         71 work stations with 57 staff currently housed in the building.
·         Nine conference rooms named for Native American Tribes and Western Legends
·         The sidewalk on the south side of the building connects to the already existing walking trail.
·         Photography by Don Stevanov of Lawrence features local farm and ranch scenes.
For additional information about TEACH AG, contact:
Brandie Disberger: o) 785/532-1175

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