A look at the Buildings of the Year 2010

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 at the NFBA luncheon at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis to honor the winners of these prestigious awards.

In all, 42 projects as well as their builders were honored. First, second and third places were named in 13 categories, wrapping up with the four special awards for exceptional projects in various categories.

The highlight of the program was the announcement of four extraordinary awards: Judge’s Special Award — Commercial Unique;  Judges’ Best Engineering Award; Judges’ Most Unique Post-Frame Application;  and Judges’ Special Award.

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

NFBA thanks contest judges Dr. David Bohnhoff, PE, PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Alan Geisthardt, PE, Plyco Corporation; and Michael Rinks, Symun Systems Inc. – Construction Maestro.

More than 10,000 square feet

First Place-Zach Sobaski, Eastern Iowa Building, Inc.
-Lester Building Systems LLC dealer

Eastern Iowa Building

Bella Sala is a wedding reception hall nestled in the heart of 22 acres of beautiful timber and can host events for groups as small as 50 or up to and exceeding 600 guests. Post frame was chosen mainly for its speed of construction and ease of insulating. The owners also needed 70’ clear span and wanted tall walls with an open feel. Post frame made it much easier to accommodate the vinyl siding and shingled roof than other forms of construction capable of the structure’s 70’ x 180’ clear span and 18’ sidewalls.
CLADDING-ROOFING, CertainTeed; WINDOWS: Simonton; FASTENERS: Maze Nails; INSULATION: Johns Manville.

Second Place-Bud Carpenter, Inc., dba BCI Construction
-Lester Building Systems LLC dealer

The Achille Agway retail store and warehouse is located at the north entrance to the town of Brattleboro, Vt., and includes one-three season greenhouse and one-four season greenhouse. Initially, grades were set below what they should have been. The building had to be raised 2 feet — a technique Lester would have preferred to avoid — but which made for interesting engineering and construction.

Third Place-Darrin Vittetoe, Custom Builders

Kalona Tire is a tire sales and truck repair facility with office space. The new building features a store front, cupolas, an interior lined with plywood behind the liner steel, a mezzanine for storage and conference area and heated floors. Post frame was chosen because of its cost effectiveness and the speed of construction — the owner had lost his original building to a fire. Post frame allowed him to have his business up and running in a short amount of time while upgrading his facility and location.

CLADDING: Energy Panel Structures; WINDOWS-DOORS: AJ Manufacturing; FASTENERS: Leland Industries; INSULATION: Johns Manville; UNIQUE ACCESSORIES: MWI Components.

5,000 – 10,000 square feet

First Place-Michael Cocco, Kistler Buildings

Kistler Building

House was initially constructed to be an exhibition-style clubhouse where the general public would come in and read all about the Pulte Organization. This building provided clear openness inside to allow the remodel without removal of structural supporting elements. Post frame was useful in enabling the easy remodel, which features a larger seating and dining area.
CLADDING, Irving Frost Products; ROOFING: Everlast Roofing; WINDOWS: Andersen; FASTENERS: Atlas Fasteners; FOUNDATION-STRUCTURAL: Perma-Column East; UNIQUE PRODUCTS: Berks Products Corp.; UNIQUE ACCESSORIES: CW Ohio

Second Place-Steve Eby, United Enterprises Construction, LLC
Stitch-N-Time Retail Store sells sewing machines and supplies, repairs sewing machines and holds sewing classes. Because its specialty is quilting, the owners felt it very important to provide a welcoming, cozy appeal to its customers. This includes extra insulation for energy efficiency; a rounded porch ceiling with stone columns and veneer; and a fireplace. Post frame was chosen for its energy efficiency, strength and ease of construction, which resulted in an affordable, attractive retail space.

Third Place-Scott Petterson, Morton Buildings, Inc.
Morton’s crew and office personnel outgrew its 40-year-old facility. Its new facility features enough space to house a heated shop for sales, five crews, a roofing truck, equipment and office space for the manager and secretaries. Other features include ceramic tile, continuous curb edging for landscaping and a 40,000-square foot concrete parking lot. The energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing structure sits on the main highway in Watertown, S.D., and greatly enhances the company’s visibility to potential customers. With the majority looking to build new farm structures, the new building generates many commercial leads.
CLADDING, James Hardi Co.; ROOFING: Morton Steel; WINDOWS: Pella, Hayfield; DOORS: Overhead Door Co. and Glass Products; FASTENERS: Maze Nails; INSULATION: Johns Manville; FOUNDATION-STRUCTURAL: Morton Buildings

Less than 5,000 square feet

First Place-Bill Saugen, Wick Buildings

Danzinger Vineyards Winery

Danzinger Vineyards Winery’s new tasting house and event center sets the right tone for customer wine events. The house’s stamped and stained concrete floor has in-floor heat, its decorative dormer adds a country feel, and its cedar shake gable ends add visual appeal. Post frame was chosen for the ease and economy of construction. The builder says he intends to use the structure as a “flagship of what post frame can be.”
CLADDING, Larson Construction, Blitzcreek Concrete; ROOFING: McElroy standing seam through Wick; WINDOWS-DOORS: Beaver Building Supply, installed by Mercer Construction; FASTENERS-INSULATION: Wick; FOUNDATION-STRUCTURAL: Blitzcreek Concrete.

Second Place-Mike Gerrits, Morton Buildings, Inc.
Prescott Chiropractic offers chiropractic services and other wellness practices such as massage, acupuncture and physical rehabilitation. The building’s aesthetics needed to blend with existing buildings in the business park and required pre-approval from several local committees. The finished building’s open flow and added space allows customers to be treated in a timely manner. Its unique interior design and layout is comforting and relaxing to patients — yet very efficient for the attending staff.
CLADDING: James Hardie Corp., ROOFING: Morton Buildings; WINDOWS: Pella; DOORS: AJ Mfg.,
Kawneer Mfg.; FASTENERS: Maze Nails, SFS intec; INSULATION: Knauf; FOUNDATION-STRUCTURAL: Morton;
UNIQUE PRODUCTS: Boulder Creek Stone, Hardiplank Siding, Morton.

Horse Barns
3,000 – 10,000 square feet

First Place- William Craig Rudolph/ Kevin Lawrence, Morton Buildings, Inc.

Ten Oaks Polo barn

Ten Oaks Polo is a stall barn for polo ponies, with living quarters for a barn keeper and trainer. It features three-concrete block parapet walls with stucco, a custom-welded aluminum arched front door on hinges, a raised Boston Ridge and two Diamond “M” sliding end doors with glass Cypress wood pergola on its front. Post-frame construction made this project cost effective, allowed flexibility to include non-post-frame components, and meet a 130 mph wind load, while providing air-conditioning.

Second Place-Don Ross, Ben Eyster, Shannon Hinrichs, Morton Buildings, Inc.
Calamos Stall Barn will be used for the housing and training of its owners’ horses. Post-frame construction allowed the building to have trusses 12-foot on-center for ease of installing stalls and rooms without additional supports. Those attributes, along with the energy efficiency, were critical to the project’s success.

Third Place-Randy Wiig, Morton Buildings, Inc.
The custom stall barn facility features roof pitches of 6:12 and 9:12, 2- and 3-foot overhangs, 6-foot circle top windows, arch top windows, metal clad Dutch doors, windows and crossbuck slide doors.

Horse Barns
Less than 3,000 square feet

First Place- Sean Marcotte, Morton Buildings, Inc.

Goebel Horse barn

The overall use of the lumber inside the Goebel Horsebarn creates a warm and comfortable building, which also makes it more energy efficient. The barn features colored steel with cultured stone to complement the owner’s nearby home. Other features include aluminum stalls with Nelson waterers, stained concrete with recessed mats, footing with recessed mats under the porch, 5 x 4 gable dormers and custom overhead doors inside and out.
INSULATION: Owens-Corning.

Second Place-Jason Stenzel, Morton Buildings, Inc.
Angell Equestrian Building is used for equipment, tack, hay storage and stabling horses. It features large windows and sliding doors and skylights to improve natural lighting throughout the building. The 12-foot spacing of columns made for easy construction of 12×12-foot stalls, a 24×12-foot tack room and a 36×36-foot loft. The use of rafters added a large amount of headroom in the loft area without having to raise the sidewalls.
WINDOWS: Hayfield; INSULATION: Thermax; FOUNDATION-STRUCTURAL: Stilt; UNIQUE PRODUCTS: Smart Panel; UNIQUE ACCESORIES: Diamond M Doors; SUPPLIERS: Areotech, Hayfield, Oldcastle Glass, Dow Chemical, National Mfg. Co., Mid-American Components.

Third Place-Dillon Porter, CB Structures, Inc.
The multi-purpose structure features a horse barn with RV storage. It features two different eave elevations: lower 10-foot ceilings allowed for a stall barn and 14-foot ceilings provided storage space. Post-frame construction made this project cost effective and allowed for timely construction, as well as steel siding and roofing that will reduce yearly maintenance expenses. It also helped make the equine area more user-friendly.



First Place- Don Richards, Fingerlakes Construction Co.

Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps., Inc., in upstate New York houses ambulances and an overnight area medical treatment center. This new health service facility was built to serve the community and includes living and overnight accommodations. The structure features Hardi Plank siding, cultured stone wainscot and columns, turned-down gable ends, curbing and porches. Post frame allowed flexibility for connecting two buildings, the cost savings of treated columns versus poured concrete walls and speed of construction.
CLADDING: Horizontal Hardi; WINDOWS: Alside; DOORS: Plyco; FASTENERS: Erie; UNIQUE PRODUCTS: Hardi Plank siding, cultured stone.

Second PlaceRoland F. Kern, Kistler Buildings
Rainbow Academy Day Care Center features post-frame construction throughout, including interior support lines. Its pre-engineered roof trusses accommodate a recessed roof area to conceal HVAC equipment. Its shingled roof gives it an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Post-frame design played an important role: enabling larger window and door combination unit placements, while providing the necessary roof support.
CLADDING: Zip; ROOFING: Zip, Advantech with EPDM rubber; WINDOWS: Andersen;
INSULATION: Owens-Corning, Dow Styrofoam;
UNIQUE PRODUCTS: Hurricane YKK AP, Andersen.

Third Place-Larry Loeks, Deloof Construction, Inc.
-Lester Building Systems, LLC dealer

Texas Township Pavilion near Kalamazoo, Mich., was built for use as an economic development and currently hosts the weekly Texas Township Farmers Market. This structure — a Lester Buildings Uni-1 System with wide column spacing, open sides, standing seam roof and fiber cement siding — was constructed, from order to opening, in just 105 days.
CLADDING: CertainTeed Fibercement/Miratech; ROOFING: Jensen Bridge Cliplock II;
WINDOWS: Fixedglass; FASTENERS: Paslode.



First Place- Jim Semmler, Chad Semmler, Semmler Construction

Custer Reunion Cabin

Custer Reunion Cabin is a one-of-a-kind lodge at South Dakota’s Custer State Park. Large families planning reunions or other large groups can rent the cabin, which has four bedroom suites with an upper loft. The building is set among trees and the rear deck is close to a creek. Although it’s a post-frame structure, it looks like a log cabin. Construction of this project started in October 2009, and guest reservations were pre-rented for the first weekend of May 2010. The Semmlers, along with a versatile five-man crew, were responsible for the quality workmanship in phases of work that includes concrete slab, structure framing, log siding, shingling, drywall, wood patio, open timber stairs with guard rail at the loft area and interior finish work.
WINDOWS, Jeld-Wen.

Second Place-Corey Larsen, Kevin Larsen Construction
-Lester Building Systems

The owner was able to build a post-frame home unique to his family’s comfort and needs. Three family members have worked for Lester since the late 1960s, so building a post-frame structure came as second nature. The use of Lester’s pre-engineered building also provided ease in finding friends and family to help with this project. They jokingly describe the finished structure as a “Shed with a Bed.” First-time visitors see a home set perfectly in its environment, with an inside that brings entirely new dimension to home design. The open layout provides great space for entertaining family and friends.

Third Place-Roger Littlefield, Fuog Interbuild, Inc.
Christina Charity Residence is a primary residence and it includes an oversized garage and barn. Because the region is prone to high winds, post-frame construction was deemed the strongest and most cost-efficient building method. This rustic “log cabin, the only structure of its kind in Prince William County, Va.,” provides additional security for its owner, who can access all structures from inside. Beautiful Euro-stall fronts also accent the barn’s interior.
CLADDING: Kistler Building Products; ROOFING: TAMKO; WINDOWS: Norandex Reynolds, Symington New Construction; DOORS: Jeld-Wen; FASTENERS: Paslode; INSULATION: Davenport, Owens Corning; FOUNDATION-STRUCTURAL: Kistler Building Products; UNIQUE ACCESSORIES: Triton Barns.

Hobby Shops

First Place- Jason Larsen, Morton Buildings, Inc.

Carmon Man Cave

Carmon Man Cave will be used as a hobby shop with a “man cave” in the loft. The building is an exact match to the owner’s log cabin and post-frame construction made its clear span possible. The owner felt Morton Buildings was the best choice, due to the beauty of post-frame design that cannot be achieved with other types of construction. The owner is pleased with the results and says he continues to receive compliments from visitors.
CLADDING: Lincoln Log Siding; ROOFING: Morton WINDOWS: Hayfield; DOORS: Fibersteel Raynor OHD, Powerlift Hydraulic.

Second Place-Bryan Roby, Hochstetler Buildings, Inc.
Joel Slaven, a nationally known exotic animal trainer, wanted a place where he can unwind and entertain. Post-frame construction supplied the flexibility and background needed to develop this beautiful project for him, which blends equestrian, kennel and leisure into a beautiful rustic lodge atmosphere. The building and property were developed with the enjoyment of nature being the primary goal.
CLADDING: Channel Rustic; ROOFING: Fabral; WINDOWS: Andersen; DOORS: Plyco;

Third Place-Keith Gardner, Fingerlakes Construction Co., Inc.
Sam Villanti hobby shop is used for storing garden and agricultural supplies. It features a rusted metal roof that gives it a vintage look, along with hemlock board and batten siding. It also features cultured stone wainscoting that gives it the appearance of having a stone foundation. Post-frame construction provided lower construction cost, more open space and faster construction.
ROOFING: Western States Decking;
UNIQUE ACCESSORIES: Plyco, Barn Lights Electric.

Suburban Garages


First Place- Gary Koelzer, Morton Buildings, Inc.

Morton Building garage

This garage was built to store a tractor, mower and other personal items. Post-frame construction allowed for a tall structure with attic trusses and a span-a-bay. This building was originally not allowed in the township because of its overall height. The township initially resisted, but finally allowed it to be built as specified. Upon completion, the local building inspector told crew that it is “the nicest building in the entire township.”

Second Place-Jason Larsen, Morton Buildings, Inc.
Constructed in a small lot in town in a residential neighborhood, this garage was built to store personal belongings and provide a personal work space and office. It is the first building of its size and type built in this community and the owner felt Morton was the only company that could build it to her specifications. The building’s plans and design were closely monitored by city officials before being “allowed.” Now that its construction is completed, there are continuous compliments from some of its most vocal detractors.
CLADDING: Midwest Masonry; ROOFING: PVDF paint-MBI; WINDOWS: Hayfield; DOORS: Fibersteel, Larson and Raynor; INSULATION: Owens Corning; FOUNDATION-STRUCTURAL: MBI.

Third Place-Chris Frost, Howell Buildings Co.
The owners had searched for a builder to replace a 4,800-square-foot structure that burned in 2009. They wanted a one-story metal building (54×88 feet) that could be used year-round with an interior “bonus” room and bath; adjacent storage; a covered wrap-around porch; a garage area large enough to house cars, an RV and mowing equipment; and ample parking space on the outside. They chose post-frame construction because they were impressed with the quality of both the materials and the building that the method makes possible. They are pleased with the results and say their new building has exceeded their expectations.
CLADDING-ROOFING-FASTENERS: Lester Buildings; WINDOWS: Plyco; INSULATION: Robinson Insulation.



First Place-Edward Neudeck, Rodger Rosenberger, Morton Buildings, Inc.

Yorkshire Veterinary Clinic

Yorkshire Veterinary Clinic serves the greater community and offers a retail area featuring products for large and small animals. The original 3,722-square-foot structure remains inside of the new fully insulated building — incorporated into the interior design of the new facility. The clinic remained open during the entire renovation process. Post-frame construction allowed affordability, energy efficiency, flexible design and quick construction of the insulated building shell.
CLADDING: Morton, James Hardie Plank, River Rock Adirondack Stone; ROOFING: Morton; WINDOWS: Pella, AJ Mfg.; FASTENERS: Morton, Maze Nails; INSULATION: Owens-Corning, Johns Manville; FOUNDATION-STRUCTURAL: Morton; UNIQUE PRODUCTS: River Rock Adirondack Stone wainscot; UNIQUE ACCESSORIES: Lapeyre Staircase, Durasan Interior Wall Finish.

Second Place-Nathan Laurent, Walters Buildings
The building will help an existing used car and service business to expand while greatly improving its appearance. The building was attached to a 1950s steel-frame gas station, which provided many unique challenges for adding a post-frame addition that was functional and made the building look like it was all one structure inside and out. Post frame allowed flexibility of design, high-insulation values, fast construction time and great cost savings compared with other types of construction. The finished structure’s interior showroom has 14-foot high ceilings to house vehicles and was finished with ceramic tile floors and drywall. The project also allowed the owner to remain open for business throughout construction.
CLADDINGS-ROOFING: Walters; WINDOWS: AJ Mfg; DOORS: AJ Mfg., Builders Hardware, Wingspan Glass; FASTENERS: SFS intec, Maze Nails; INSULATION: Alpine Insulation; UNIQUE PRODUCTS: Walters; FOUNDATION-STRUCTURAL: Walters.

Third Place-Todd Norton, Todd Norton Construction, LLC
Auto Value-Waseca Retail Auto Parts Store wanted an addition and remodel and decided post frame was a more economical choice compared to frost-wall footings and conventional “stick built” construction. Its owners also liked the fact they could match the existing steel cladding on walls. This addition and remodel upgraded the property, which is located on a corner lot on a main street in Waseca, Minn., and situated near a school and American Legion Club.
interior doors; Spiral Decking-Spiral Vent.

Agricultural Storage/Workshop

First Place- Greg Stadler, Morton Buildings, Inc.

Morton Buildings agriculture building

This building is used for storage and yearlong maintenance of all equipment needed for a farming operation’s planting and harvesting. Post-frame construction provided for money-saving embedded columns vs. concrete walls and superior insulation design. It also made for lower life-cycle costs due to the building materials used, along with its attic ventilation and ceiling insulation design

Second PlaceZach Sobaski, Eastern Iowa Building, Inc. 
-Lester Building Systems LLC dealer

This building’s owner wanted two distinct areas to be able to maintain different interior temperatures in the winter. Some of the customer’s most pressing issues were his desire for high energy efficiency. He also wanted a unique exterior look and post frame was much more cost effective for the design he had chosen. With the ease of annexing the roofs and the 70-foot clear span, post frame was the most logical choice. This building underwent a lot of little design upgrades and combined them to make a truly unique agricultural shop.
CLADDING-ROOFING: Lester; WINDOWS: Plyco; DOORS: Harvard Products, Hydroswing, Wayne Dalton; FASTENERS: Maze Nails; INSULATION: Johns Manville; FOUNDATION-STRUCTURAL: Perma-Columns; UNIQUE PRODUCTS: MWI Components.

Third Place-R. Clem Malot, R.H. Bunch Construction
This shop and storage is used for making and repairing farm equipment and for the maintenance, storage, and display of antique farm and horse drawn equipment vehicles and tools. It was designed and built to complement a nearby bed and breakfast and other buildings. Special attention was given to small architectural details and building lines to give a simple but well crafted feeling reminiscent of a bygone era. Post-frame construction helped accommodate the free spans of the structure and provided ease of construction while maintaining a rugged structural integrity.
CLADDING: Durigan Crowell; ROOFING: Fabral; WINDOWS-DOORS: True Value-Harryman Brothers; FASTENERS: Fastenal, Simpson Strong-Tie; INSULATION: Owens Corning; FOUNDATION-STRUCTURAL: New Enterprise Stone and Lime. Co.

Livestock Facility

First Place-Glenn Hochstetler, Hochstetler Buildings, Inc.

Select Sires building

Select Sires, Inc., a large U.S. producer of bovine semen, needed to expand by 88 stalls. The 51,840 square foot facility had a six-month construction time line beginning in late December. The post-frame advantages of this project were timing, efficiency and design. The post-frame foundation allowed the builders to quickly get the buildings up out of the ground before the frost. Post-frame construction allowed the use of R-19 in the walls and R-40 in the ceiling of the collection arena. With sidewalls in the holding area needing to be virtually open for the curtain system, post frame was the perfect way to provide structure at the posts and leave the walls wide open.

Second Place-Chris Kooiman, M.P.B. Builders, Inc.
Compost Building Livestock Housing will be used to house dairy cows used to being outside in Wisconsin. It was important to the customer to get the animals in a controlled environment, an inside feed area and a comfortable place to rest. Post frame offered the flexibility of open overhangs, door framing and over-shot roof ridge systems. The cost of the building was under $8 per square foot, about 15 percent less than the steel building. As a result, the owner not only chose post frame, he also added 24 more feet in length to his project while still saving thousands of dollars.
CLADDING-ROOFING: Wheeling Corrugating; WINDOWS: Cannonball:HNP; DOORS: CHI Overhead Doors; FASTENERS: SFS intec; INSULATION: Bay Insulation; FOUNDATION-STRUCTURAL: Kettelwell Concrete; UNIQUE PRODUCTS: Mono Scissor Trusses, Big Ass Fans; UNIQUE ACCESSORIES: Norbco.

Third Place-Rich Bromley, Morton Buildings, Inc.
Schmidty’s Holsteins free stall barn features new roof insulation. Post-frame construction was chosen due to its appearance and speed of construction. A new Morton Buildings product, Radiant shield Pro Plus, worked out very well for its roof.


First Place-Ed Miller, Dunipace Buildings

Mid-Wood Cooperative Services Center

The building is used to store, blend and ship bulk fertilizer for agricultural use. The fertilizer can be received via rail or truck and is shipped out via truck or field. Post frame allowed the structure to be constructed with corrosion resistant material (wood, stainless steel hardware, vinyl siding) using posts, headers, beams and rafters for both the superstructure and the fertilizer bins’ framing. Mid-Wood’s new Cooperative Services Center will consolidate agronomy services at its new location. This will allow Mid-Wood to provide better and more efficient service with fertilizer, herbicide, pesticide, seed and chemical products.
ROOFING: American Building Components;
DOORS: Plyco; FASTENERS: Atlas, Maze Nails.

Second Place-Bob Shupp, CB Structures, Inc.
The goal of this project was to recreate a barn similar to a building that once occupied the property. The owners plan to use this structure to house an antique tractor collection and general storage. The overall design with the lean-to addition and unique window placement give it a unique modern look. Post frame was chosen both to conserve costs and disturb less of the surrounding area. Color, material and overall design helped to achieve a more modern version of a fond memory.

Third Place-Elliot Christensen, Morton Buildings, Inc.
This building is used to test fire apparatus pumper trucks for Rosenbauer General Safety in Wyoming, Minn., especially during the cold winter months. Post frame was chosen due to the flexibility of design, time frame of construction and efficiency. Morton engineered a building to fit in the limited space, which includes a 40,000-gallon under floor water reservoir with openings in the floor that allow them, while testing fire trucks, to siphon water out of the reservoir on one side and discharge water back into the reservoir on the opposite side. In addition, the building includes an extensive exhaust/HVAC system so the trucks can be operated inside the building during inclement weather conditions.

Judges’ Special Award – Commercial Unique


Texas Township Pavilion

Larry Loeks, Deloof Construction, Inc.
Lester Building Systems, LLC, dealer

Texas Township Pavilion near Kalamazoo, Mich., was built for use as an economic development and currently hosts the weekly Texas Township Farmers Market. This structure — a Lester Buildings Uni-1 System with wide column spacing, open sides, standing seam roof and fiber cement siding — was constructed, from order to opening, in just 105 days.
CLADDING: CertainTeed Fibercement/Miratech; ROOFING: Jensen Bridge Cliplock II; WINDOWS: Fixedglass; FASTENERS: Paslode.

Judges’ Most Unique – Post-Frame Application Award
Sam Villanti hobby shop

Keith Gardner, Fingerlakes Construction Co., Inc.
Sam Villanti hobby shop is used for storing garden and agricultural supplies. It features a rusted metal roof that gives it a vintage look, along with hemlock board and batten siding. It also features cultured stone wainscoting that gives it the appearance of having a stone foundation. Post-frame construction provided lower construction cost, more open space and faster construction.
ROOFING: Western States Decking; WINDOWS: AMI; DOORS: Plyco; FASTENERS: Grip Tite; FOUNDATION-STRUCTURAL: Sakrete; UNIQUE ACCESSORIES: Plyco, Barn Lights Electric.

Judges’ Best Engineering Award


Saratoga County Animal Shelter


Edward Updyke, Chuck Pittman, Morton Buildings, Inc.
The Saratoga County Animal Shelter offers total separation of dogs and cats, with rooms for adoption, isolation, surgery, bathing and drying, education and training, as well as a staff break room. The finished project consists of five individual buildings: 66×150 feet, 66×48 feet, 42×48 feet, 36×10 feet and 78×96 feet. Post-frame construction provided the design flexibility to meet the owner’s needs for office and other interior spaces, while allowing this project to be completed within budget and with significant savings. A large portion of the project (78×96 feet) utilized flat-roof-trusses with a rubber membrane roof and an interior drainage system minimized the building’s footprint and overall site size requirement.

Judges’ Special Award


Sullivan Barn


Robert “Stuart” Veach, Morton Buildings, Inc.
Sullivan Barn is used as a second home and features carriage storage, a stall barn and supporting tack and feed rooms. Its traditional timber-frame look resembles the specific architectural design of a horse-barn. Post-frame construction provided design versatility, while helping meet a local 130-mph wind-loading requirement. Morton was able to incorporate post-frame design elements to create a well built, functional and attractive building and allowed the owner to secure LEED certification.
ROOFING: Morton; WINDOWS-DOORS: Windsor; FASTENERS: SFS intec; INSULATION: Isocynene Foam Insulation; FOUNDATION-STRUCTURAL: Morton; UNIQUE PRODUCTS: Thompson Lightning Protection;

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