2015 Buildings of the Year named by NFBA

MASTERS DIVISION ($6+ million in annual gross volume)

Agricultural Storage/Workshops

Photo-16Rich Rothstein, Morton Buildings Inc.

This building in Hamel, Minnesota, is being used primarily as a farm shop but also as an office with a lounge/break area that includes a kitchen, restroom with shower, and exercise room.

Cladding/Roofing: Morton Hi-Rib 36-gauge steel with Flouroflex 1000 finish; Windows: Lindsay Window & Door; Doors: AJ Manufacturing and North Central Door; Fasteners: 300 series stainless steel; Insulation: R-27 fiberglass (walls), R-50 blown fiberglass (attic); Foundation or Structural Components: continuous poured; Unique Features: built into a hill with different floor elevations; porches and eyebrow contribute a visual transition from the living area to the working area in the farm yard.





Commercial Buildings (under 5,000 square feet)

Photo-17Kevin Miller, Custom Structures Inc.–Wick Buildings Inc. Dealer

This building at West of Wise Winery in Petersburg, Illinois, is used for wine production and tasting as well as special events and retail sales.

Cladding/Roofing: Wick 29-gauge steel; Windows: Andersen; Doors: Plyco; Fasteners: screws, wood grips; Insulation: six-inch R-19 batt; Foundation or Structural Components: column in ground; Unique Features: 6/12 pitch roof for the full front width; cupola; rear porch.

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

Photo-18Bill Hardy, W. R. Hardy Construction Inc.–Wick Buildings Inc. Dealer

National American Insurance Co. uses its Davenport Farms Hunting Lodge in Chandler, Oklahoma, to entertain customers and employees. It sits on a 1,200-acre private preserve and has a dining hall for 40 people and a patio/fire pit area seating up to 30. Guest rooms have private bathrooms, wireless Internet service and cable TV.

Insulation: R-27.5 polyurethane foam; Foundation or Structural Components: concrete attached; Unique Features: porches with cedar beams and columns; two-story stone fireplace with wet bar; clear-span balcony connecting the second-level guestrooms on the east and west wings; trapezoid windows to match the pitch of the front and rear porches.


Commercial Buildings (over 10,000 square feet)

Photo-19Jason Potts, FBi Buildings Inc.

Hunter’s Moon Harley-Davidson in Lafayette, Indiana, sells and services motorcycles and offers outdoor live entertainment for special events.

Cladding/Roofing: Galvalume Full Hard 80,000 PSI Steel Roofing, Kynar 500 Painted (McElroy Metal); Doors: AJ Steel Insulated; Fasteners: stainless steel cap screws; Insulation: 6-inch R-19 batt; Foundation or Structural Components: continuous concrete; Unique Features: two free-standing, 35-foot towers; acoustical steel liner panel on ceiling; parapet wall; four 20′ x 20′ concrete corner towers at the retail and showroom entrance; plate glass windows and doors.

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Hobby Shops

Photo-20Kenny Kuehl, Morton Buildings Inc.

This multi-use building contains a garage for vintage vehicles, a gym, a two-lane bowling alley, a storefront vestibule and an upper-level apartment.

Cladding/Roofing: Morton Building Hi-Rib panels; Windows: Hayfield; Doors: Morton Building 910 and Haas; Fasteners: Morton Building internal drive stainless steel screws; Insulation: 9-inch R-30 fiberglass batt; Foundation or Structural Components: full frost-free footing from grade to 14 feet; Unique Features: built into a hillside; 4′ x 4′ cupola with windows; 12-foot porch; 18′ x 8′ vestibule; false loft door; false 10′ x 10′ Diamond M sliding door; circle top windows; two 20-foot gable dormers; acoustical steel ceiling panels.


Horse Barns/Facilities (under 5,000 square feet)

Photo-21Mike Gammeltoft, Morton Buildings Inc.

This horse barn in Tecumseh, Michigan, is actually two 24′ x 36′ buildings that are staggered and connected by a 16′ x 8′ corridor. One building is the stall barn with a full hay loft, and the other is used for storage and equipment.

Cladding/Roofing: Morton Buildings Hi-Rib steel; Windows: Pella and MB; Doors: MB910 and Haas; Fasteners: stainless steel Torx drive screws; Foundation or Structural Components: perma-type column; Unique Features: 12/12 pitch; eyebrows; and turkey tail with functional pulley system.


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

Photo-22Burl Daniels, FBi Buildings Inc.

This stable and riding arena in Wonder Lake, Illinois, features a two-story clubhouse with a custom aluminum deck over a porch and large stalls for the horses. The structure uses geo-thermal heat.

Cladding/Roofing: Galvalume or G100 Full Hard 80,000 PSI Steel Siding, Kynar 500 Painted from McElroy Metal; Windows: AJ Manufacturing; Doors: AJ Manufacturing and Cannonball; Fasteners: stainless steel cap screws; Insulation: three-quarter-inch R-5.0 Thermax in arena/stable, 6-inch batt in clubhouse; Foundation or Structural Components: embedded; Unique Features: split vent sliders in arena allow natural air in the summer; three 36″ x 36″ Metal Works cupolas with standard 30-inch weathervane, four 48″ x 48″ Metal Works cupolas with standard 46-inch weathervane; 14 horse stalls with window grilles.

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Housing/Homes/Residential Buildings

Photo-23Brad Johnson, Morton Buildings Inc.

This building in Birmingham, Iowa, is used as a family hunting cabin and has a machinery storage area and two second-floor bedrooms with a walk-out deck overlooking a pond. The owner has established wildlife food plots on the property and plans to harvest deer so the meat can be donated to a local food pantry.

Cladding: Morton Buildings Hi-Rib steel, Coronado stone wainscot; Roofing: Morton Buildings Hi-Rib steel; Windows/Doors: Pella; Fasteners: stainless steel screws; Insulation: 6-inch fiberglass blanket; Foundation or Structural Components: embedded columns in ground; Unique Features: Epay deck with outside spiral staircase; vaulted ceiling with open walkway; Coronado stone fireplace; 12-foot porches; two dormers; wood beams in kitchen; walk-in shower on ground floor; double glass door in master bedroom leading to deck.


Institutional Buildings

Photo-24Ken Mata, Morton Buildings Inc.

The Pleasant Hill Fire Protection District building in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, has administrative offices, five-bay apparatus area, training center, bedrooms, gym, deluxe kitchen, living room, onsite utilities, storage mezzanine, two concrete safe rooms and a decontamination room.

Cladding: HardiePanel shake siding in gables, HardiePlank with 5-inch reveal above king-sized brick on walls; Roofing: Hi-Rib steel with Fluoroflex 1000 paint system; Windows: Pella; Doors: C.H.I. Overhead Doors and MB; Fasteners: stainless steel internal drive with carbon steel tip; Insulation: R-8 perimeter foundation, R-19 blanket and R-38 Insul-safe blown in; Foundation or Structural Components: foundation wall with footing; Unique Features: arched brick design above outside overhead doors; aluminum snow retainers with a cluster of three flagpoles in front; stained concrete floors in offices and a high-gloss epoxy finish in apparatus room; Hi-Rib acoustical wall liner in apparatus area; and an above-ground concrete safe room.



Livestock Facilities

Photo-25Larry Schwendemann, Lester Buildings, LLC

This facility at Meadow Star Dairy in Pennock, Minnesota, houses about 8,000 dairy cows and is owned by Riverview Dairy. It is one of the largest post-frame free-stall facilities in the state.

Cladding/Roofing: Lester Buildings; Insulation: glulam rafters 5-¼” x 27″; Foundation or Structural Components: 2-inch Tuff-Roll in roof; Unique Features: large multispan building with large bays and multispan rafters.


Suburban Garages

Photo-26Rob Pearce, Quality Structures Inc. (Columbia, Missouri, branch office)

This structure at D. T. Myers Farms, LLC, in Agency, Missouri, will be used for recreation vehicle storage and other general storage.

Cladding: cedar batten-and-board siding by Cedar Creek and 29-gauge Imperial Rib siding by ABC Metals; Roofing: American Building Components; Windows: Mid-Am Building Supply Inc.; Doors: Mid-Am Building Supply Inc. and C.H.I. Overhead Doors; Insulation: Classic Wrap Reflective by Northwestern Ohio Foam Products; Foundation or Structural Components: 4-foot, embedded, three-ply laminated posts by Midwest Columns, LLC; Unique Features: galvanized corrugated steel roof; custom cedar shutters, loft door and window trim; custom 3-foot peak extension and 4-foot cedar-faced cupola; 60-inch post protectors; custom weathervane.



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