Low Rise Construction

Information for the building professional on buildings above ground level, less than three stories in height, generally non-residential in nature.

Plan ahead for METALCON

If you are planning to attend METALCON on October 26-29, hotel bookings are going fast. Already listed as “Sold Out” are rooms at the Sheraton Inner Harbor, Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor and Hilton Baltimore, all nearest the convention center. If you haven’t decided that you are attending, below is what you will miss....

Post-frame builder uses secret weapon to convert church

-By Sharon Thatcher- The idea that wood will rot when placed in the ground is one challenge that post-frame builders will likely always need to overcome. The public sees ravaged wood on a daily basis, in nature and in dilapidated old buildings. Newer wood treatments and other wood protection methods are quiet heroes that...

Kansas post-frame builder delivers hunting paradise

The owner of this Kansas post-frame structure was looking for a wooded retreat that would provide a hunting lodge and storage space for equipment, complete with a two-story living space and an expansive finished shop area for storage and entertaining. The result was this building contracted to Quality Structures Inc. It features rough-cut cedar...

Mike Nisonger of Preferred Builders is NFBA Member Spotlight

-By Kathy Jonas- Mike Nisonger often thinks about a telephone call he got on Christmas Eve in 1992. Everett Hart from NuWay Builders called to set up a lunch date. Hart had a Lester Buildings dealership and wanted to know whether Nisonger would be interested in running that division. “Anyone who knows Everett knows...

Best Practices: Customer Service 101 Exceed Expectations

By Kathy Jonas – In 2014 CNN reported a story about a Southwest Airlines pilot who made a decision to hold a flight, contrary to company policy. The pilot was not reprimanded. In fact, he was praised by the company, and his decision resulted in positive publicity for the airline, which, as we all...

Progressive Roof Collapse Due to CLR Shifting: Summary

[The following is a summary of a more comprehensive article on the topic available for download under our Technical Resources tab.] -By David R. Bohnhoff, PhD, PE – Continuous lateral restraint (CLR) is a continuous line of bracing used to provide lateral support to a series of structural elements. By preventing lateral movement, CLR...

The Importance of Product and Install Training

-BY MARK MULLINS, FABRAL– In the metal industry, like every other industry, keeping up with new products and proper installation is vital to the growth and success of any business. As a training manager and engineer, I see the importance of this every day. There are many installers, sales and support staff who simply...

Fabral continues to expand production capacity

Fabral is expanding its flat sheet and slit coil program in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. New slitting and blanking capacity will be added in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, beginning September 1, 2016. This follows on the heels of Fabral’s move of its Grapevine, Texas, facility into a larger, more contemporary space in Ft. Worth. Flat...

Let’s dig a big hole … and plant a post-frame building in it!

By Mike Momb – I’ve now surprisingly (especially to me) spent my entire adult life in the post-frame building industry. I’ve been blessed to be a manufacturer (prefabricated light gauge steel plated wood trusses), a supplier of post frame building kit packages as well as a post-frame building contractor. The general assumption in our...