Historic Saskatoon grain elevator turns 100 years old

One of the largest buildings in Saskatoon is now 100 years old.

Veteran elevator still one of Viterra's main terminals

One of the largest buildings in Saskatoon is now 100 years old.

Despite its age, Viterra's Saskatoon Grain Elevator is still one of the company's main grain terminals in Saskatchewan.

Built in 1914 by the Canadian government, the concrete elevator was bought by Viterra in 1990. And the building is in such good condition, the company says it has no plans on shutting it down.

"It's like a classic car," said Viterra President and CEO Kyle Jeworski. "We continue to change some of the equipment within it, to make sure we've got the most modern equipment, but it's such a sound structure, I see no reason why it wouldn't last another 100 years."

Part of the reason for the building's good condition can be attributed to its unusual foundation. The massive concrete building sits on 9,000 cedar logs, or piles, the size of telephone poles.

"The cedar's able to move with the climate," said Jeworski. "So, you don't see any cracking in the concrete. We plan to paint the facility over the next year and a half, but aside from the paint, the facility is still in the same condition as brand new facilities we operate now."

Farmers and elevator employees celebrated with a barbecue and elevator-themed cake.

The elevator can store more than 156 thousand metric tons of grain.