Presentation of the Buildings of the Year awards is a highlight of the National Frame Building Association (NFBA) Expo. This year was no exception. A large audience gathered at the opening session at Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville to “oohh-and-aahh” and applaud the winners of these prestigious awards.
In all, 44 projects and their builders were honored and recognized in 13 categories, as well as four special awards for exceptional projects in various categories. Those are shown here.
Winners in each category had the opportunity to list the names of the suppliers whose products, such as cladding, windows, insulation, etc., are used in the project. Those supplier names are listed as provided.
• Judges’ Special Award: Jim Simon of Tailored Buildings Systems, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Lighthouse Academy, built for Wedgwood Christian Services, is a charter high school that gives a second chance to at-risk students who have limited educational options. The structural integrity, flexibility in design, speed of construction and cost savings made post-frame the only choice.
CLADDING: Heartland Vinyl Siding; ROOFING: CertainTeed; FOUNDATION/STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS: Timber Tech; UNIQUE PRODUCTS: Restoration Millwork
• Engineering Special Award: Roger Lundsten of Brickl Brothers, West Salem, Wis.
Katy Acres Farm, LLC is a private horse barn and entertainment facility. The building will be used for family and guest gatherings and horse riding activities. Because of the difficult nature of the site and the necessity of a clear span structure, post-frame construction was preferred over steel.
CLADDING: Una-Clad, McElroy Metal; ROOFING: Una-Clad; WINDOWS: Eagle Windows; DOORS: Plyco; FASTENERS: Sealtite; FOUNDATION/STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS: Ohio Timberland; UNIQUE PRODUCTS: Swan Timber Frame Inc.; UNIQUE ACCESSORIES: Horse Stalls USA, Classic Equine
• Most Unique Post-Frame Application: Steve Eversole of Eversole Builders, Inc., Lancaster, Ohio
Berne Union School District’s press box provides the school’s athletic field with a structure that helps facilitate communications during games and other events. This building needed to be fitted to new bleachers, provide easy access and give the desired look. Post-frame’s flexibility allowed this with no problem. This project came in at a lower cost in post-frame, which is important to school budgets.
CLADDING: H & H Metal Products; ROOFING: H&H Metal Products; WINDOWS: 84 Lumber; DOORS: Plyco; FASTENERS: H&H Metal Products; INSULATION: Innovative Energy; FOUNDATION/STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS: Ohio Timberland
• Commercial/Unique: Rick Hess of Conestoga Buildings, New Holland, Pa.
Driftwood Campground Entrance Gate, built for Joseph Skladenek, is used as the welcome portal to the campground. The builder had built several other buildings for this customer, who is pleased with the speed and cost-effectiveness of post-frame. The building has pass-through gates with overhead roofing on either side of the main building, which houses a small office area.
CLADDING: North Pacific Lumber Company; ROOFING: Fabral; WINDOWS: Professional Exteriors United;
DOORS: A.J. Door Mfg.; FASTENERS: Fabral; INSULATION: Dow Insulation; FOUNDATION/STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS: Rigidply Rafters; UNIQUE PRODUCTS: Easi-Serve, Premier Stone