2012 NFBA Buildings of the Year

NFBA recognizes ‘best of the best’ for 2012

The announcement of the Buildings of the Year Awards is one of the highlights at the annual National Frame Building Expo. A large audience gathered for the NFBA luncheon at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn., to honor the winners of these prestigious awards for 2012.

Thirty-seven projects in 13 categories were honored, and four Judges’ Awards were presented for exceptional projects: Award for Best Engineering, Award for Unique Commercial Building, Award for Unique Post-Frame Application and the Judges’ Special Award. All winning projects are shown in this section.

Winners in each category were asked to list the names of the suppliers whose products, such as cladding, windows, and insulation, were used in the project. Those suppliers’ names are listed as provided.

NFBA thanks contest judges David Bohnhoff, Ph.D., of University of Wisconsin–Madison; Richard A. Campagnola, R., of CT Male Associates; and Steve Nikkel of Orchard Construction Inc.

 Agricultural Storage/Workshops

CreechFirst Place — Jim Creech, FBi Buildings Inc.

Looking for a building “that was energy efficient and a place where my clients felt comfortable,” Richard Clark turned to FBi for a building with room to perform maintenance on and store large farm equipment and ample space to operate the family farm and meet with clients. The building has a 100-foot clear span to accommodate large machinery, a large 50-foot hydraulic door and an attic truss system above the offices to accommodate additional storage. Post frame was selected because of previous positive experiences, energy efficiency, aesthetic appeal and the longevity of the structure.

Cladding-roofing: McElroy Metal (PVDF); Windows: Simonton; Doors: AJ Steel and ICON; Fasteners: Maze and ITW Buildex; Insulation: Wall Batt by Anco; Foundation or structural components: IMI; Unique products: 50-foot Icon hydraulic door, Perma-Columns; Unique accessories: three 48×48-inch Metalworks cupola.


Second Place — Duke Gagnon and Jason Potts, FBi Buildings Inc.

This building is for a large farmer who wanted to do business, work on equipment and entertain family all in one location by consolidating farm operators from four separate houses into one facility. They perform their own maintenance, wash equipment and host large meetings with suppliers. The building has a 100-foot clear span with 58 feet being supported from trusses overhead to provide essential storage. Additional features include a 24×40-foot bonus room over the office for family gathering and a wash bay with retractable curtain. The maintenance-free post-frame construction was selected for longevity and flexibility in design with assistance in overall design and the speed of construction.

Cladding-roofing: McElroy Metal (PVDF painted); Windows: Anderson, AJ Manufacturing Inc.; Doors: AJ Manufacturing Inc.; Fasteners: Maze Nails, ITW Buildex; Insulation: Anco; Foundation or structural components: Perma-Columns; Unique products: Alpine Truss Design; Unique accessories: Metalworks cupolas 48 inch x 48 inch.


Third Place — Kurt Johnston and Sean Marcotte, Morton Buildings Inc.

As the showpiece and main facility on Center Hill Ranch, this building will house ranch tractors, implements and horses. Blending a classic look with contemporary features and style, this building features valley connections, a decorative entry door eyebrow and a color combo that accents surroundings. Post frame was cost-effective and provided high-quality materials and construction.

Cladding-roofing: Morton; Windows: Pella, Hayfield; Doors: Morton; Fasteners: Morton stainless steel; Foundation or structural components: three-member 2 inch x 6 inch laminated column in ground; Unique products: Decorative entry cupboard, horse tie-ups; Unique accessories: Cupolas, stalls, tool room, lounge area, valley section.


Commercial Buildings — Under 5,000 square feet


First Place — Craig Uliasz and Joel Hasse, Morton Buildings Inc.

Hailed as a landmark in its small New England town, Linda Graham’s Renaissance Farm is a retail outlet and bakery for a micro-farming operation providing quality plants, produce and flowers to the community. Unique features include a partial loft for storage and mechanical equipment, faux double metal-clad Dutch doors with transom windows, a gable entry porch with cedar-trimmed truss at end-wall entry door and a hipped eyebrow at the sidewall entry door. Post-frame construction provided the desired interior look and function.

Cladding-roofing: Morton Hi-Rib Steel (minimum .019); Windows: Hayfield vinyl sliding windows/Pella Proline fixed casement windows; Doors: Morton Fibersteel walk doors/Morton faux metal-clad double Dutch doors; Fasteners: Maze Nails/SFS intec screws; Insulation: Knauf fiberglass blanket insulation R-19/Owens Corning Batt insulation R-30; Foundation or structural components: Formed poured wall with footing; Unique products: 3-foot-wide eyebrow, 3 foot-6 foot square cupola, 10-foot gable entry porch.


Second Place — Steve Eversole, Eversole Builders Inc.

This attractive building houses two units, a Jimmy John’s restaurant and Cash Max, which enhance the area and provide space for new businesses. Unique features include faux stone; brick vinyl with sandstone coins to offset corners; a drive-through window, pendant lights and angled service counter for Jimmy John’s; and large counter built in Cash Max with additional height for added security. Post-frame flexibility played a key role in the project, especially for Jimmy John’s, which required specific details in design and layout that were accomplished with post frame.

Cladding: Beldon brick and vinyl siding; Roofing: Owen Cornings duration 40-year shingle; Windows: O’Castle windows and doors; Doors: O’Castle, Plyco; Fasteners: Maze Nails; Insulation: Anco fiberglass; Foundation or structural components: Concrete; Unique products: Sandstone coins put into brick to offset corner, faux stone; Unique accessories: Mix of faux stone, brick and vinyl for unique exterior; dormers to allow for storage space to face road.


Third Place — Kurt Johnston and Sean Marcotte, Morton Buildings Inc.

This building houses a lawn equipment dealer that provides sales and service of lawn equipment for the community of Magnolia, Texas, and surrounding areas. Unique features include a gable entry porch, slat-wall board interior, landscaping and fencing. Post frame was selected for cost-effectiveness, construction time and material quality. The customer was extremely happy with the look and functionality of the building as well as its energy efficiency.

Cladding-roofing: Morton hi-rib steel; Windows: Hayfield; Doors: Morton, commercial glass entry; Fasteners: Morton stainless; Insulation: 6-inch blanket R19 insulation in walls, 9-inch R30 blanket insulation in ceiling; Foundation or structural components: Column in ground; Unique products: Gable porch, custom interior, iron fencing; Unique accessories: Cupola, gable porch.


Commercial Buildings, 5,000 to 10,000 square feet


First Place — Joel Godwin, J. A. Godwin General Contractors—Lester Buildings Systems LLC Dealer

With unique appeal, country charm and warmth, this building is the perfect spot for weddings and parties. Features that set this building apart include soybean foam insulation and the use of 100-year-old barn beams and siding for aesthetic purposes. Barn siding and sheet rock were used for the interior finish. Post frame was the most economical way to build this 4,500 square foot structure. Durability and clear span was desired, along with exposed trusses with raised bottom cord for an old barn look.

Cladding-roofing: Lester Uni-Rib 26 gauge; Windows-doors: Prairie Pella; Fasteners: High-quality galvanized screw fasteners; Insulation: Spray in soybean foam; Foundation or structural components: Triple 2×10-inch columns; Unique products: 100-year-old barn boards for siding; Unique accessories: Gambrel entry with 100-year-old beams, flying gable, 50-foot porch with barn siding.


Second Place — Dan Vukovich, Morton Buildings Inc.

This office and warehouse helped turn a dream into reality for Alliance LLC. Finished with an attractive stone veneer for the office space and stucco and steel for the warehouse, this building features an open porch entry and continuous windows around the office. Post-frame construction was selected for the insulation package and energy efficiency.

Cladding-roofing: Morton; Doors: Morton; Fasteners: Morton; Insulation: Morton; Foundation or structural components: Morton; Unique products: Office finish, stone, stucco, hi-rib steel; Unique accessories: Entrance into office/warehouse.


Third Place — Gary Koelzer, Morton Buildings Inc.

Called in house “the cremasium,” this building is used as a pet crematory facility and a private basketball court/gym. Unique features include black steel roofing, stepped fascia, geothermal in-floor heat and epoxy and slate floors. Cultured stone wainscot with cedar-wrapped porch truss and columns complete the look. It was important to balance the combination of a commercial crematory’s stringent exhaust policies with the flexibility in the design to allow for a potential change in use if the customer ever sold the property. Post frame was chosen for energy efficiency, aesthetics, the ability to span a wide area for the gymnasium and the warranty.

Cladding-roofing: Morton .019 inch Hi-Rib steel; Windows: Pella Impervia; Doors: AJ Manufacturing; Fasteners: Morton internal drive stainless steel screws; Insulation: Knauf R-19 blanket 7 foot-2 inch wide; Foundation or structural components: Wood post concrete; Unique accessories: Cupolas with fans.


Commercial Buildings, Over 10,000 square feet

EversoleFirst Place — Steve Eversole, Eversole Builders Inc.

Separated into five separate units, this building helps to expand business in Lancaster with its ability to be unique to each business operation and meet customers’ individual needs. Unique features include a hip roof system (84×130-foot) and front dormers to create differing store fronts. A mix of faux stone, brick and vinyl accents (overhangs on all sides) creates an attractive exterior and complement existing buildings on the property. Post frame allowed the building to be constructed in a timely manner in order for interested businesses to be able to move in and begin operations. Finish options resulted in an attractive building for a high-visibility corner property.

Cladding: Beldon Brick; Roofing: Owens Corning Duration Shingle; Windows: O’Castle; Doors: O’Castle, Plyco; Fasteners: Maze Nails; Insulation: Anco R-19 fiberglass; Foundation or structural components: Poured concrete footers with laminated columns; Unique products: Faux stone for exterior; also hip roof system to break up roof line; Unique accessories: Mix of faux stone, brick and front gable dormers to create different storefronts.


Second Place — Zach Sobaski, Eastern Iowa Building, Inc.–Lester Building Systems LLC Dealer

Primarily housing a 24-hour fitness center, this five-unit building also houses kick boxing and aerobics classes, a place for massage therapy and a flower shop. There are several truss designs in the building for different ceiling heights. A log-siding finish outside and inside with rusty Corten panels on the entryway achieved the desired rustic feel. The customer chose post frame after significant comparison research on conventional steel frame construction. Post frame allowed for the needed clear span and 12-foot ceiling heights and was more economical and energy-efficient than steel frame.

Cladding-roofing: Lester Building Systems; Windows: Hayfield windows; Fasteners: Maze Nails; Unique products: Corten/Rustwall steel siding and log siding.


Third Place — Dustin Stoll, Omer Graber, and Brent Graber, Graber Post Buildings

This building concept was designed to be used as leasable space by a variety of businesses. This building employs many innovative features; from the front, the building appears to be of steel and CMU construction, with low-slope rubber roofs. Post-frame construction allowed the building to be constructed at a much quicker pace than with other construction techniques.

Cladding-roofing: Graber Post Buildings; Windows: Pella; Doors: Cannonball; Fasteners: Maze Nails; Insulation: Knauf; Foundation or structural components: JJ’s Concrete; Unique accessories: Custom sun shades by Graber Post Buildings.


Hobby shops

SmithFirst Place — Marcus Smith, Morton Buildings Inc.

This building is used for hobby shop and equipment storage for a family-owned farm. The farm is used for hunting and minor gardening; a large portion of the property was turned into a youth soccer complex and equipment for maintenance is stored in the building. Enclosed lean-tos, a large gable window, double gable entry porches, stepped fascia and 2-piece gable trim achieved the aesthetic the owner wanted. Post frame was used because of the ability to deliver the demanded high aesthetics along with the required clear span.

Cladding-roofing: Morton Buildings Inc.; Windows: Hayfield; Doors: Raynor doors (overhead); Fasteners: Morton Buildings Inc.; Insulation: Half-inch heavy-duty Thermax in roof; Foundation or structural components: Column in ground; Unique products: Thermax roof insulation, stepped fascia, SSID screws, multiple enclosed lean-tos; Unique accessories: Double gable porches, stepped fascia.


Second Place — Don Schnaser, RAM Buildings Inc.

The culmination of a dream years in the making, this 54×64-foot/36×30-foot building is a weekend getaway. It includes a two-story storage area, premium porch, cupolas, steep roof pitch and color-matched shutters, as well as a color scheme that blends in with the country setting. Post frame was chosen for its design flexibility and cost.

Cladding and roofing: Metal Sales Mfg. Corp.; Windows-doors: AJ Manufacturing; Fasteners: SFS intec; Insulation: Bay Insulation; Foundation or structural components: Columns and trusses–Littfin Truss; Unique accessories: Wainscot, premium porch with Y’s, cupolas, color-matched shutters.


Third Place — Timothy H. Little, Little Construction Co. Inc.

This building, located on more than 565 acres of Pinelands property in Medford, N.J., was built in memory of Frank A. De Martini. It is used as an arts and crafts center and meeting room for a YMCA camp. The goal of the building design was to preserve the “nature feel” of the camp surroundings yet create a place of beauty. Post-frame construction was utilized in this project because of its overall cost savings and the timetable to get the building ready for the 2012 camp season.

Cladding: 1×10 rough sawn ship lap pine and mastic cedar Discovery vinyl cedar shake siding; Roofing: GAF Timberline dimensional shingles; Windows: Wincore double hung triple units; Doors: Plyco Series 20 steel entrance doors with panic locksets; Foundation or structural components: Poured concrete footing at each post location; Unique products: Mitec trims.


Horse Barns/Facilities, 3,000 to 10,000 square feet

NobleFirst Place — Tim Noble, Kentuckiana Buildings and Development Inc. – Wick Buildings

This building contains horse stalls, tack rooms, feed room, wash stall and arena. Unique features include Dr!p Stop condensation barrier, cupolas, eave lite, Thermax insulation, 18-inch overhangs, split sliders with glass, open sidewall, gutters and downs, flow-through ridge ventilation, wainscoting and a run in stall built into the sidewall of the building. Post frame was selected for quickness of construction, the ease of finishing off the inside and the fit with the surrounding buildings.

Cladding-roofing: Wick Buildings Steel; Windows-doors: Plyco; Fasteners: SFS intec; Insulation: Thermax; Foundation or structural components: Precast concrete; Unique products: Classic stalls, 2-foot polycarbonate eave lite, Dr!p Stop condensation barrier; Unique accessories: Split slider endwall doors with double crossbucks and glass, 36-inch cupolas, 2-foot polycarbonate eave lite, wainscoting.


Second Place — Tim Noble, Kentuckiana Building and Development Inc. – Wick Buildings

A dream building for the owner, this stall barn, dog kennel and equipment storage site has 2×6-inch dropped purlins, 5:12 roof pitch, wainscoting, Dutch corners on the overheads, 12×12-foot tack room, 12×12-foot wash stall, 4×7-foot Dutch doors, hay deck, 18-inch overhangs, three 12×12-foot stalls, two 36-inch cupolas, split sliders with crossbucks, one gable with two 12-foot leans on either side with a 10-foot lean on the right side. Post frame was chosen for quick construction, flexibility to change design, cost and fit with the surroundings.

Cladding-roofing: Wick Buildings; Windows: Plyco; Doors: Plyco, Cannonball:HNP; Fasteners: SFS intec; Insulation: 1/2-inch Thermax (roof and sidewalls); Foundation or structural components: Precast concrete; Unique accessories: two 36-inch cupolas, 4×7 foot Dutch doors, 12×12-foot stalls, 12×12-foot wash stall, 12×12-foot tack room.


Third Place — Ken Culbreth and Donald (Heath) Burton, FBi Buildings Inc.

This building’s main use is for horse boarding with extra room for some farm storage. The building has three false hay mound doors, a custom split-end sliding door and a roomy and open concept for the horse stalls. A 24-inch overhang wraps around the whole building and provides additional shade during the summer months. The customer wanted a wide-open span with functionality. Post frame’s aesthetic appeal and cost-effectiveness also played a role in the purchase of the building.

Cladding-roofing: McElroy Metal (PVDF painted); Windows-doors: AJ Manufacturing; Fasteners: Maze Nails, ITW Buildex; Foundation or structural components: Post frame with poured slab; Unique products: 24-inch overhang, three flying overhangs and custom steel bars on windows; Unique accessories: two 36-inch cupolas and one 48-inch cupola and flying end overhangs.


Horse Barns/Facilities, Over 10,000 square feet

Meigs-BuddenFirst Place — Ken Meigs and Dave Budden, Meigs Inc. Building Specialist–Wick Buildings

This horse barn was built for the personal use of the owner, who is nearing retirement. Unique features include a custom field-built cupola–monitor roof on the stall barn, tile floor in the clubhouse and wood ceiling and wainscot in the clubhouse. The building has a standing seam roof on the stall barn with valley into screw down roof on arena and colored concrete floor. Post frame is by far the best fit for equine projects. Bay spacing sets up nicely for the stall barn and large clear span availability fit nicely for the arena. Post frame is functional and economical for this type of project.

Cladding-roofing: Wick Buildings; Windows: Plyco; Doors: Cannonball:HNP Dutch doors, Plyco walk doors; Fasteners: Wick; Insulation: Subcontracted; Foundation or structural components: Wick Buildings; Unique products: Smart-Side panel to wrap porch beam; stone wainscot; Unique accessories: Site-built cupola, Woodstar stalls.


Second Place — Steve Eversole, Eversole Builders Inc.

The building is a full-board horse facility with indoor and adjacent outdoor riding areas and pasture. The barn, which fills a need in the community, includes a two-story observation area and fully heated tack and feed rooms. The upper observation area includes a kitchenette and meeting area. One end of the barn provides bedding and hay storage as well as a concrete manure pit, designed with a sloped floor to allow entrance from the outside with a skid loader to remove manure. A clean span hoop building was tied into one end of the building to provide for indoor riding. Post frame was the choice for this project because it allowed for variations needed to complete all the design detail and features the owner wanted and kept costs under control.

Cladding-roofing: H&H Metal; Windows: Jeld Wen; Doors: Plyco; Fasteners: Fasteners Direct; Insulation: Plyco; Foundation or structural components: Ohio Timberland; Unique products: Epoxy floor coating to finish floors in the tack room and observation areas, triple bowl stainless steel sink in tack room, steel saddle racks with bridle hooks, shaded arm lights (one per stall), classic equine Dutch doors for exterior wall stalls, Nelson waterers installed in all stalls; Unique accessories: 37 classic equine stalls with swing-out feeders, farrier vet stall and indoor wash stall.


Third Place — AY Construction, Quality Structures Inc.

The building serves as a retreat for members of the Brown family to enjoy their passion for horses and share time with family and friends. The stall barn is a classic lofted alley with raftered lean-tos. The arena is 80-foot clear span with ventilation on four sides via 24×14-foot slide doors and connecting passage to barn. Post frame offered the customer a better value compared to other framing methods. Post frame allowed more design flexibility to incorporate additional features such as loft stalls and stirrup guards.

Cladding-roofing: ABC (Omaha, Neb.); Windows: General Aluminum; Doors: Mid-AM Building Supply; Fasteners: ABC; Insulation: Ohio Foam Products; Foundation or structural components: IBC 2009 compliant; Unique products: Double loft doors, T&G interior slide doors; Unique accessories: Cupola with glass, 20-foot stall partitions, loft ladder and hatch cover, stirrup guards, wall-mount HVAC, auto fly system, auto waterers, flying gable on stall barn, turkey tails on riding arena. Air-conditioned lounge room with arena viewing. Dust control sprinkling system in arena. Stall components by Stall Works.

Housing/Homes/Residential Buildings

CaseFirst Place — Steve Case,  Morton Buildings Inc.

This building is used to provide affordable employee housing. This home contains wood cedar shake shingles, carriage-style garage doors, Hardie Panel prepainted siding, Trex decks with ghost wood porch column covers, distressed hardwood flooring and tile floors with electric heatmates under them. Other unique features include a slate kitchen surround, custom cabinets with granite countertops, whole-house fans, fireplace and surround-sound wiring. Post frame was chosen for strength (120 per square foot snow load), insulation advantage and overall appearance for clear span.

Cladding: James Hardie 7- inch Reveal Lap, Staggered shakes and board and batten; Roofing: Intermountain roofing, medium wood shakes; Windows: Pell; Doors: Morton Buildings; Insulation: Cardall Insulation; Unique products: Trex decks, slate surrounding in kitchen, distressed hardwood.


Second Place — Clayton Haug, Haug Steel Construction Inc.–Lester Building Systems LLC Dealer

The building is used for storage of lawn equipment and provides comfortable housing for guests, including a kitchen, sitting area with fireplace and a covered patio overlooking Lake Alvin. Roof trusses were designed with a steeper pitch to allow for an eight-foot W loft throughout the building. A custom-built front slide door and bale door give a rustic barn appearance. Post frame was chosen because of the design capabilities of wood versus steel, less cost per square foot and less concrete foundation expense.

Cladding: Schoeneman’s Building Center, Lester Buildings; Roofing: Schoeneman’s Building Center; Windows: Anderson Series 200; Doors: Bayer Built; Fasteners: Lester Buildings; Insulation: Johns Manville; Foundation or structural components: Lester Buildings; Unique accessories: MWI cupola.


Third Place — Dennis Jahnssen, Morton Buildings Inc.

This building is used as a gathering space for large family events and entertaining. A unique basement in the building makes use of a site considered very challenging to build on. This building is handicapped accessible. Post-frame construction was selected because of high energy conservation, strength of construction and the reputation of the builder.

Cladding-roofing: Morton Buildings; Windows: Pella; Doors: Morton fibersteel doors; Fasteners: Morton stainless steel; Insulation: Dow Fiberglass; Foundation or structural components: Berry Concrete; Unique products: Free span custom trusses in basement; no columns all open; Unique accessories: Wraparound porch, three-season room.


Industrial Buildings

DavisFirst Place — Robert Davis, Walters Buildings

This building is used for repair and rebuilding of steam turbines from power plants. It allows the handling, repair and rebuilding of larger turbines in a controlled shop environment. This building uses three-ply 2×10 steel transfer plate columns to achieve building height of 31 feet, 10 inches to all crane clearances. The larger wall cavity allowed the building to have a superior insulation package allowing for a climate-controlled environment without extra cost. This building features a Demag 50-ton bridge crane spanning 50 feet and running the length of the building, allowing turbines and parts to be handled and placed in machines. Post frame was chosen for cost and flexibility to meet the strict shape, height and interior shop finish desired.

Cladding-roofing: Walters Buildings 28-gauge steel panel; Windows: Pella; Doors: Clopay OHDs, Mesker Steel Doors and Frames; Fasteners: Maze Nails, SFS intec; Insulation: Ozark Modern Insulation; Foundation or structural components: One Call Concrete Services; Unique products: MWI Components soffits and Ridgevents, Demag- 50-Ton Bridge Crane; Unique accessories: Cook brand exhaust for shop, 1,250,000 BTU heat system in shop and high-efficiency fluorescent lighting.


Institutional Buildings


First Place — Kevin Caughey and Steve Bardin, Morton Buildings Inc.

This new fire station has six bays and is equipped with an engine rescue truck, a 1,000-gallon engine tanker and a truck. The facility has a radio room, firefighters’ locker room, kitchen, lounge area and office space. The interior acoustical steel liner at the apparatus bays has the lower 8 feet covered with a continuous FRP wall liner for vehicle washing and abuse resistance. The building has a complex roof design to accommodate 19-foot apparatus bay connection to lower office/administrative areas. This building was a quick construction and was able to be built all year round. The concrete floors were added after the building was up. It was flexible, easy and cost-effective to design. It is also energy efficient.

Cladding: Certainteed Weatherboards Fiber Cement siding with Colormax prefinished products, Restoration Millwork trims; Roofing: Hi-rib steel over solid sheathing with full coverage ice and water guard; Windows: Marvin Integrity Al Ultrex Pultruded reinforced fiberglass Casement/Awning; Doors: Overhead Door Corp 592 series/curriers 707 series hollow metal, Graham GPD-PC 5 Pre-finished Interior Wood Doors; Fasteners: Morton; Insulation: Morton, Owens Corning Propinkl 77 fiberglass unbonded loosefill; Foundation or structural components: Reinforced concrete with ARRX Edge-R Insulated Concrete Forms (R-22.5); Unique products: FRP foundation barrier and .090 interior FRP liner (roll material without seams); Unique accessories: Cupolas, acoustical steel interior liner, porch columns surrounds with Nova Brik wainscot.


Second Place — Scott Eyster, Ken Jackson, Ben Eyster, Marty VanOpdorp, Morton Buildings Inc.

This station houses police, ambulance and fire protection services. It also hosts training sessions, village meetings, meals for seniors and social gatherings. The pleasing design incorporates much needed space for a variety of functions. The centrally located dispatch radio room allows for effective traffic flow in emergency situations and the front entry with a column is inviting. Post-frame construction was very important in the design of this project. Maximum square footage on a limited budget was crucial. The benefits of heating and cooling the post-frame design and the aesthetic are why the customer chose post-frame over steel-frame construction.

Cladding-roofing: Morton Buildings CQ HiRib .019; Windows: East Moline Glass, Pella, Hayfield; Doors: East Moline Glass; Fasteners: SFS intec; Insulation: Knauf; Foundation or structural components: Summit concrete.


Third Place — Dustin Stoll, Graber Post Buildings

This clubhouse was constructed to replace the country club’s aging clubhouse. The design of the new building is reminiscent of the old building yet incorporates new sleek features and materials to meet the club’s current needs. The most unique feature of this building is its custom-built hexagonal cupola, which sheds light into the foyer. Post-frame construction allowed for a much more affordable building.

Cladding: Palmer Donavin-Vinyl Siding; Roofing: Graber Post Buildings 26-gauge standing seam; Windows: Alside; Doors: Lensing; Fasteners: Maze Nails; Insulation: Knauf; Foundation or structural components: JJ’s Concrete; Unique accessories: Custom Graber Post Buildings cupola.


Livestock Facilities

MeyerFirst Place — Jeff Meyer, Meyer Buildings Inc.

This building is a custom milk house for a high-end five-unit robotic milking barn with office space, bathrooms and gathering areas. It is designed as a showplace for farm tours. This building had 40-foot solid timbers re-purposed for the entry area and many interior features along with rusted steel for use at the exterior ceiling of the porch. The builder took advantage of the monitor building style for efficient use of space. Post frame was chosen for the strength and ease of construction.

Cladding-roofing: McElroy Max Rib G100; Windows: Weathershield Vision 2000 vinyl windows; Doors: AJ Manufacturing/ Kawneer storefront unit; Fasteners: Ideal/Maze Nails; Insulation: R-21 batt at walls, R-40 blown fiberglass at ceiling; Foundation or structural components: Custom fabricated timber brackets/wedge anchors; Unique products: Reclaimed timber from old window factory/rusted steel from storage building; Unique accessories: Plyco Cupolas/Barn lighting.


Second Place — Christopher Kooiman, M.P.B. Builders Inc.

This six-row, free stall facility is used as a milking dairy cow housing facility. The floor plan that gives ample bed areas, walkways and feed trough space to the building column spacing, L.V.L. rafters and set in purlins, are all used to create good natural air flow crucial for comfort and milk production. This tunnel-ventilated barn has the unique option to be ventilated naturally with the use of side wall and building peak curtains. Other features include an option of poly-carbonate peak lighting on the highest 8 feet of the roof peak on the overshot roof and automatic litter alley floor scrapers. Post frame was chosen for the open and airy feel it could provide, the steel column options available and the cost.

Cladding-roofing: Klauer Mfg. Co. and Sunsky Polycarbonate; Doors: C.H.I. Overhead doors; Fasteners: Ideal Building Fasteners; Foundation or structural components: Concrete brackets–M.P.B. Builders, 2×6-inch joist hanger–Simpson; Unique products: 5x5x¼-inch and 4x4x¼-inch steel building columns–Schmidt Manufacturing.


Third Place — Bill Jacobs, Morton Buildings Inc.

Replacing a barn that had tragically burned to the ground, this building is used for the housing, feeding and raising of cattle and has a large area for hay storage. The building matches the existing farm perfectly. Some features include turkey tail overhangs, curtain wall ventilation and a water pump house. Post frame was chosen for versatility in design, speed of construction and flexibility in all areas of the project.

Cladding-roofing: Morton Hi-Rib Steel Panels; Windows: Hayfield; Doors: AJ Manufacturing; Fasteners: Stainless steel screws; Insulation: Roof only 1/2-inch Thermax heavy duty; Foundation or structural components: Redi mix concrete footings; Unique products: Curtain wall by GEA Farm Technologies; Unique accessories: Two different style turkey tails. tails.


Retrofitted/Remodeled Buildings

NikkelFirst Place — Steve Nikkel, Orchard Construction Inc.

This rebuilt 100-year-old barn was preserved and enhanced with new supporting walls around the perimeter of the existing barn. The unique addition and clear span allowed for open areas for horses to gain protection from the weather and provides access for the owner. The 44×64-foot finished shop with in-floor radiant heat was provided for antique tractor work and the 24-foot-wide sliding doors allowed the saw mill space. The post-frame advantage was speed of construction, wide clear spans and minimal disruption of the existing foundation for new posts as an integral part of creating horse stalls.

Cladding-roofing: McElroy Metal; Windows: Simonton; Doors: Armada Lumber; Fasteners: Sealtite; Insulation: Shop area 2 inch closed cell spray foam and R-19 fiberglass wall, R-40 cellulose ceiling; Foundation or structural components: OTP posts; Unique products: Cannonball sliding windows on arena, Palram polycarbonate for wall lights; Unique accessories: MWI Components cupola with built-in 3-foot exhaust fan for arena, rubber shaving base for arena.


Second Place — Gary Whitver, Morton Buildings Inc.

Originally an RV store, this building was torn down and rebuilt for a Tractor Supply store. The building was designed as a triple-wide structure, reusing the original 60-foot wide trusses and adding a 36-foot lean-to off both sides. Two rows of steel beams with steel column supports spaced 30 foot on center to support the trusses and rafters were installed. Post-frame construction allowed them to demolish the original building and reuse some of the materials. It also allowed them to span the 132 feet with a minimal amount of interior support headers. The side walls have 6-inch fiberglass insulation for better R value.

Cladding-roofing: Hi Rib Steel–Morton Buildings Inc.; Windows: Anderson; Doors: Fiber-steel; Fasteners: Stainless steel screws; Insulation: Owens Corning; Foundation or structural components: Treated columns in ground; Unique products: Interior steel column supports and steel beams; Unique accessories: Large valley connection.


Third Place — Bob Brisky, Fingerlakes Construction Co. Inc.

This building provided the community with a much needed grocery location. The original building was a pre-engineered steel building. The addition of a post-frame building at the back of the existing building allowed the owner to double the retail store space. Changing the front building façade gave it a completely new look while adding a covered entry way and cart storage. The new front utilized HardiPlank, Dryvit and cultured stone to give it a professional and more residential look. Utilizing post-frame construction made the project cost-effective and supported the creativity required to give the building a new look while meeting the space requirements to give the store adequate retail space.

Cladding-roofing: Weatherbest WB Panel–Weatheredge Building Components; Windows-doors: Plyco; Fasteners: Weatheredge Building Components; Insulation: Owens Corning–blown in, Anco Products Inc. for walls; Foundation or structural components: Fingerlakes Truss Co. trusses and columns; Unique products: Cultured stone siding and Kelly dock pit leveler and dock shelter.


Suburban Garages

HoltFirst Place — Ted Holt, Kistler Buildings

This residential garage was built to house the owner’s recreational vehicles and match the 9,000 square foot home being constructed at the same time. The Marvin exterior doors and Mohawk interior doors enhance the appearance. The two-tone painted steel interior and the open trusses painted black added to the elegance. The owner chose post frame because it offers for openness and clear span.

Cladding: Hardie Panel Board and Batten with stone wainscot; Roofing: Royal cedar shakes with cedar breather plus ice and snow guard; dormers and copper roofing and valleys; Windows: Marvin Ultimate clad double hung and picture windows; Doors: Marvin French door with transom; overhead doors by Haas; Fasteners: Maze Nails; Insulation: 4-inch CertaSpray Foam at the roof line R-25.6; walls Batt Insulation R-19; Foundation or structural components: Perma-Column; Unique products: Hardie Siding, cedar shakes, stone veneer, Marvin entry doors; Unique accessories: Cupolas, copper roof dormers and rain gutters.


Second Place — Evan Bishop, Hochstetler Buildings Inc.

This carriage-style garage was built to complement the owner’s 1860s-era Italian-style house. Much attention was given to design, detail, colors and function. Creating a breezeway connection and mimicking the look of a servant kitchen provided great continuity and useful space. Unique features include railroad-style hip trusses, decorative brackets to match existing residence, full masonry fireplace in breezeway, Certainteed cement siding and carriage-style garage doors. Post-frame design allowed for a shorter construction time, lower spoil generation and reduced the foundation costs. Also because of the small property and limited accessibility, post frame was a great option because smaller equipment could be used to complete the job.

Cladding: Certainteed cement siding; Roofing: GAF 30 year Dimensional Shingle; Windows: Anderson Silverline and Provia storm windows; Doors: Therma Tru entrance doors and Haas carriage-style garage doors; Insulation: R-19 batt walls and R-30 ceiling; Foundation or structural components: Hoge Lumber Company; Unique products: Custom hip trusses with additional pitch change at overhang to mimic existing structure, attic truss for main garage to produce additional storage; Unique accessories: Custom fabricated PVC brackets molded to match existing residence. Sketches were drawn to the exact dimensions of the existing window and eave brackets. These drawings were then sent to fabricators, where they CNC-routed out multiple thicknesses of PVC sheet stock. The pieces were then glued together, mounted and hand painted in the field.


Third Place — Justin Sobaski, Eastern Iowa Building Inc.–Lester Building Systems LLC Dealer

This building will be used to house the customer’s extra vehicles and lawn equipment while providing a place for repair work. The raised bottom chord trusses create a vaulted ceiling. The dormers were designed to open up to the inside and let natural light into the building. It has a 10-foot porch with soffited ceiling and a mansard overhang above the overhead door as well as cupolas. Post-frame construction was chosen for its speed of construction, but mainly for the ease of constructing the building during the winter months. Price was a factor so post frame was the most economical way to bring the building to life.

Cladding-roofing: Lester Building Systems; Windows: Hayfield Windows; Doors: Overhead Door Company; Fasteners: Maze Nails; Unique products: 7/12 top chord and 3.5/12 bottom chord trusses; Unique accessories: Cupolas, AJ Manufacturing shutters.


Judges’ Award ­— Best engineering

PearceRob Pearce, Quality Structures

This observation tower complements a nearby weekend retreat cabin and allows the owner to view the property in all directions and watch nature in its glory. The base of the building is 30 feet from the ground. The building has 8-foot sidewalls and is 41 inches high at the peak. It has a 30-foot high spiral steel staircase for access. The post-frame design was by far the most cost-effective method for this project.

Cladding: Trendel Lumber; Roofing: ABC Steel; Windows: Mid Am Supply; Doors: Trap door in floor was built on site by crew; Fasteners: ABC Steel Co.; Insulation: North West Ohio Foam; Foundation or structural components: Four-ply 2×6 columns from Ohio Timberland—44 feet long; Unique products: 16-inch footing pads from Midwest Perma-Column; Unique accessories: 30-foot tall spiral steel staircase by Salter Spiral Stairs.


Judges’ Award — Unique Commercial Building

Stiles-LuysterMark Stiles Sr.,  Ray Luyster and HLW Homeworks, Mark Stiles Sr. Construction LLC–Lester Building Systems LLC Dealer

This private medical practice has a large waiting room, six exam rooms, a lab area, an administrative work station, a nurses’ station and an office for the doctors. Unique features include Hardie Plank siding, a stack stone wainscot, shingle roofing, all Azek trims, vaulted ceilings in the waiting area, a second-floor area for a future office and housing for HVAC units. Pricing of building design was a large factor and post frame met the needs.

Cladding: Azek trim boards with vinyl soffit, aluminum gutters; Roofing: Fiberglass 40 years dimensional shingle; Windows: Casement Lincoln Windows; Doors: Custom Commercial Store Front Door System; Fasteners: Paslode ring shank gun nails, structural screws; Insulation: Wall fiberglass and ceiling blown-in fiberglass insulation; Foundation or structural components: 2 large-ply girder truss to support attic second floor; Unique products: Azek trim boards on exterior–Zip System Sheathings; Unique accessories: Stone wainscot, arch front windows.


Judges’ Award — Unique post-frame application

Leschisin-KellyGreg Leschisin and Mike Kelly, Mike Kelly–Lester Buildings LLC

This building is a hobby shop with living quarters. It is the only building on the property and needed to meet certain guidelines from the county. This simple, strong building grew into a space to accommodate a family’s need of a metal and wood workshop, painting studio and rock and roll jamming area. In order to meet zoning requirements, the dwelling code was met by adding a full bath, a food preparation area and a sleeping area. The post-frame advantage in this construction project started out being the savings in cost and construction time. Post frame also provided a better insulation value, along with a much cleaner look inside as contrasted with a steel-frame building.

Cladding: Western States Decking for Flat Metal; Roofing: Lester Buildings; Windows: Brin Northwestern; Doors: AJ Manufacturing, Clopay Overhead Doors; Fasteners: Plyco, Dynamic Fastener; Insulation: Bay Insulation; Foundation or structural components: Lester Buildings/Alamco Wood Products/Weekes Forest Products/Boise Cascade/MWI Components; Unique products: Flat Metal.


Judges’ Special Award

RichardsDon Richards, Fingerlakes Construction Co. Inc.

The building is Cornell University’s dairy barn, part of a fully operational working dairy farm representative of a farm in New York State. Students are able to perform the milking, feeding and daily care of the young stock and calves. Cornell’s teaching dairy barn is a unique and complex architectural design with varying angled roof lines, recessed gutters, bifold doors, lamply trusses and a modern air wing roof system design. The original design called for a steel-frame structure, but the costs far exceeded the university’s budget. Fingerlakes Construction was able to demonstrate that post-frame construction would be more cost-effective and that speed of construction would allow the university to meet its tight deadlines.

Cladding: Weatherbest 90 Panel, DynaGlas Solarsoft 85, Polygal Titan Sky, Nova-Lite Panel, GEA Curtain Systems; Roofing: Weatherbest 90 Panel, Marlon CS; Doors: Schweiss Hydraulic Bifold Doors, CHI; Fasteners: Weatheredge Building Components; Insulation: Thermax, Knauf; Foundation or structural components: Perma-Column base, Sturdi-wall brackets, Starwood lamply trusses, Fingerlakes Truss Co. trusses and columns; Unique products: Hydraulic bifold doors, Sliding Nova-lite panels, lamply trusses, interior roll-up end wall curtains; Unique accessories: Milking parlor, classroom/observation deck, commodity storage bays, loop stalls/gates, cable rails, overshot cantilevers 3 foot-14 foot.

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