2015 Buildings of the Year named by NFBA

The announcement of the Buildings of the Year Awards is one of the highlights of the annual Frame Building Expo. A large audience gathered for the National Frame Building Association awards luncheon at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 10, 2016, to honor the winners of these prestigious awards for 2015.

The 2015 contest, like the 2013 and 2014 contests, had two main divisions for the award entries: the Experts Division (for companies with $0–6 million in annual gross volume) and the Masters Division (for companies with $6+ million in annual gross volume). In all, 50 projects in 25 categories were honored, including the Judges’ Award presented for one exceptional project. 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 Ed Lash of Atlas Bolt & Screw Co., LLC; Jim Simon of Tailored Building Systems; and Joe Zulovich, PhD PE, of the University of Missouri.


2015 BOY Judges' AwardBrad Miller, B&B Pole Buildings

The rustic wedding barn at Historic Acres of Hershey in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, is an all-seasons pavilion on seven acres that provides a unique venue for special events. The building was completed in less than three months, and the owners hosted a wedding in it one day later. The side walls are made almost entirely of folding glass doors. In the rear of the building are a food preparation area, restrooms and utility space.

Cladding: LP Smartside; Roofing: 30-year asphalt shingles by ABC Supply; Windows: fixed-framed windows in dormer areas; Doors: 12-foot bifold doors around the perimeter by Weaver’s Glass; Insulation: R-30 rigid foam and R-19 and R-30 fiberglass batt from All-In Insulation, LLC; Foundation or Structural Components: embedded posts; Unique Features: eight cupolas built into roof system with 3′ x 7′ fixed window frames; laminated beams and columns rouged in for a rustic look; trusses were 3-foot ply gambrel frames.


EXPERTS DIVISION ($0–6 million in annual gross volume)

  • Agricultural Storage/Workshops

Photo-02ATom Greiner, Greiner Buildings, Inc.

Three large doors give Leon and Kurt Rossiter of Crawfordsville, Iowa, great flexibility in how they use this agricultural shop building. The hydraulic and overhead doors allow for easy drive-through access to the lined and insulated shop. A slide door provides a large opening to a cold-storage area. Other features include building sections of different heights, side light, an acoustic ceiling liner and large and small shop areas.

Cladding/Roofing: Central States; Windows/Doors: Plyco; Fasteners: Maze Nails, Atlas Screws; Insulation: R-19 Anco Textrafine (wall), R-38 cellulose (ceiling); Foundation or Structural Components: Rigidply glulam columns with GreenPost barrier system; Unique Features: Central States acoustical steel; PowerLift hydraulic door.

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Commercial Buildings (5,000-10,000 square feet) – TIE

Photo-02BTom Greiner, Greiner Buildings, Inc.

This building for Midwest Rod in Wapello, Iowa, has allowed the automotive business to expand and offer collision repair in addition to general mechanic services. It features in-floor heat to keep the workspace free of tracked-in snow during the winter. Owner Shawn Maine, who has another shop that is steel-frame construction, chose post-frame for its higher return on investment.

Cladding/Roofing: Central States; Windows: Plyco, AJ; Doors: Plyco; Fasteners: Maze Nails, Atlas Screws; Insulation: R-19 Anco Textrafine (wall), R-38 cellulose (ceiling); Foundation or Structural Components: Rigidply glulam columns with GreenPost barrier system; Unique Features: Numerous high windows on the end walls and glass overhead doors that provide great natural light.

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Commercial Buildings (5,000-10,000 square feet) – TIE

Photo-02CKyle Stumpenhorst, Rural Renovators
Auto detail shop

This building in Dixon, Illinois, is being used temporarily as a detail shop for Ken Nelson Auto Plaza and eventually will house an exotic car sales business. It is well insulated and constructed on a foundation wall.

Cladding/Roofing: 28-gauge G90 Walters Steel; Windows/Doors: Plyco; Fasteners: SealTite stainless steel screws with powder coated heads; Insulation: batt R-10 (wall) and R-38 blown-in (ceiling); Foundation or Structural Components: built on a top wall; Unique Features: Versetta stone wainscot and a wraparound hipped porch.





Commercial Buildings (over 10,000 square feet)

Photo-03Steve Eversole, Eversole Builders Inc.

Building No. 6 at the Shoppes at Ety and Fair Building in Lancaster, Ohio, is separated into five units and rented to a mix of businesses including retail, fitness, child daycare, and physical therapy. The building is an expansion of an established development, which has brought more business into the community.

Cladding: Belden Brick, Crane Plastic; Roofing: Owens Corning; Windows/Doors: Plyco; Fasteners: Maze Nails; Insulation: R-30 blown ceiling, spray foam walls; Foundation or Structural Components: embedded post; Unique Features: 64-foot clear span for flexibility in interior design; dividing walls soundproofed to produce quiet space for physical therapy and business offices; spray foam on exterior for energy efficiency.

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Hobby Shops

Photo-04Dwayne Borkholder, Borkholder Buildings & Supply

This building in Bremen, Indiana, blends with the textures of the existing home and was designed for family entertaining and youth activities. The owners plan to use this high-efficiency space daily.

Cladding: Kynar paint system by McElroy Metal; Roofing: Standing seam with Kynar paint by McElroy Metal; Windows: Atrium Series 450 high-performance; Doors: Plyco Model 20 insulated; Fasteners: East Coast Fastener; Insulation: integrates thermal 3HT and full-width Textra Fine batts; slab insulated with 3HT; Foundation or Structural Components: wet set Sturdi-Wall Bracket with Borkholder’s laminated structural columns; Unique Features: rough-sawn cedar posts; wood siding; stone wainscot with exposed trusses; distressed cabinets; stained wood barn siding; clerestory windows.

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Horse Barns/Facilities (5,000 square feet and over)

Photo-05Rollie Radtke, RAM Buildings Inc.

This horse complex at Moonstone Farm in Cassville, Wisconsin, features a 68′ x 174′ arena, 59′ x 24′ storage area, 39′ x 86′ stall barn, and 30′ x 24′ living area, all under one roof. The owners also plan to build a retirement home on the property.

Cladding/Roofing: Metal Sales 29-gauge Classic Rib; Windows: AJ Manufacturing Series 900; Doors: AJ Manufacturing Series 7100 and Series 5100; Fasteners: SFS intec; Insulation: R-25 fiberglass batt; Foundation or Structural Components: embedded and on foundation wall; Unique Features: clear-span trusses in the arena with insulated laminated veneer lumber rafters in the stall barn; 1′ x 8′ tongue-and-groove wood Carr Siding and steel liner in the interior; a clerestory look in the living quarters and stall barn; Classic Equine stalls; MWI cupolas; Humane Manufacturing stall mats.

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Institutional Buildings

Photo-06Timothy Vosburgh, Agpoint Construction Services

This building is the Elizabethtown Regional Sewer Authority office and maintenance shop in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. It was built in the winter with site work and paving finished in the spring.

Cladding/Roofing: Fabral; Windows: MRD–Andersen; Doors: HC Quality–American Series, Kawneer Aluminum Entrance, Hagar hardware; Fasteners: Timberlok; Insulation: R-24 foam (walls) and R-38 blown-in cellulose (ceiling); Foundation or Structural Components: embedded; Unique Features: Attached maintenance garage with separation wall; all-metal exterior with multiple colors for trim, side and roof; reverse gable main entrance with aluminum entry doors.





Retrofitted/Remodeled Buildings

Photo-07Rollie Radtke, RAM Buildings Inc.

The project enclosed parts of a concrete batch plant in Mandan, North Dakota, thus allowing the owner, Strata Corp., to operate the plant in colder weather and extend its business year.

Cladding/Roofing: Metal Sales 29-gauge Classic Rib; Windows: Hayfield; Doors: AJ Manufacturing Series 5100; Fasteners: SFS intec; Insulation: 3-inch R-11 vinyl-faced; Foundation or Structural Components: embedded, mounted to concrete, and mounted to steel catwalk; Unique Features: The upper 20′ x 27′ building was constructed on the ground and then lifted about 30 feet in the air and set onto an elevated catwalk. The lower lean-to building was fastened to the existing batch plant equipment.

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Suburban Garages

Photo-08Jim Clay and Jay Johnson, Building Concepts of Indiana Inc.–Borkholder Buildings & Supply Dealer

This new garage and gymnasium in Greenwood, Indiana, contains a bathroom with shower, workout area, personal basketball gym, and tennis hitting wall. Construction was “dressed up” for the part of the building most visible to the high-end client.

Cladding/Roofing: McElroy Metal Max Rib; Windows: Plyco with one custom trapezoid window by Tom Smith Glass; Doors: Plyco and Homestead; Fasteners: Plyco screws; Insulation: R-19 fiberglass batts (walls), R-38 (ceiling), Borkholder Buildings & Supply house wrap; Unique Features: Carriage house garage design with false gable accent detail on end wall; padding in the gym; professional basketball goal and floor striping; and cage to protect hanging furnace.


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