2016 Building of the Year Awards – Post Frame – Masters Division, 1st Place



Masters Division ($6+ Million in Annual Gross Volume) 

First-Place Winners

Agricultural Storage/Workshops

Mark Tanner, FBi Buildings Inc.

This building in northwestern Indiana is used as an agricultural shop, farm office, and chemical and fertilizer storage and load-out facility. The building supports the operations and administration of the farm and maintenance of the farm machinery. Post-frame construction enhanced the aesthetics with overhangs and a steeper roof pitch; energy efficiency was increased with the use of R-25 insulation in the walls and blown-in insulation in the ceiling; and concrete costs were reduced with the use of FBi’s Perma column.

Cladding: McElroy Metal Max-Rib Kynar 29-gauge light stone; Roofing: McElroy Metal Max-Rib Kynar 29-gauge clay; Windows: AJ Manufacturing #905 fixed windows; Doors: AJ Manufacturing #7100 Series walk doors; Fasteners: SFS intec (WoodMac stainless steel capped screws); Maze Nails (nails); GRK Fasteners (GRK RSS screws); Insulation: 8” R-25 batts; Foundation or Structural Components: concrete Perma columns; Unique Features: Polar Blox universal snowguards, Simpson Strongtie hangers/fasteners, Perma columns, Miller Custom Metals I-beams and steel columns, Anco Products TextraFine insulation, MWI Components Uni-Vent II; 75-foot-wide, one-piece Schweiss hydraulic door in the side wall of a 100’ clear-span post-frame building, mechanic’s pit, high-end tile and trim work.

Commercial Buildings (under 5,000 sq. ft.)

James Groat, Mystic Meadows Construction, LLC–Wick Buildings

This building in Bay Harbor, Michigan, is used as an electric-car service center. Post frame allowed for speed of construction, lower cost per square foot, and ease of modifications and additions in the future.

Cladding/Roofing: Wick Buildings 29-gauge steel; Windows/Doors: Plyco; Fasteners: SFS intec; Insulation: unfaced batt, R-19; Foundation or Structural Components: embedded; Unique Features: open cedar wrapped truss over the foyer and foyer post; Wick 29-gauge steel ceiling and interior liner; 8’-wide wrap-around porch with cedar trim and post wrap; wainscot steel; and cultured stone.

Commercial Buildings (5,000–10,000 sq. ft.)

Chad Olson, Jack Walters & Sons Corp. DBA Walters Buildings

East Troy Railroad Museum in East Troy, Wisconsin, is a museum for a not-for-profit railroad, one of the oldest in Wisconsin. Operated entirely by volunteers (Friends of East Troy Railroad Museum), the museum is used as a maintenance shed and holds old train cars that are being restored. The post-frame construction helped the builders implement the uncommon engineering required to fulfill the volunteers’ needs. 

Cladding: Walters Buildings 28-gauge wall panel; Roofing: Walters Buildings 28-gauge roof panel; Windows: Plyco commercial windows; Doors: Plyco commercial walk doors; Fasteners: Maze Nails and Sealtite Woodbinder Screws; Insulation: R-25 fiberglass batt (walls), R-45 blown insulation (roof); Foundation or Structural Components: thickened slab edge; Unique Features: Because of complications with the electrical work, a way to get electricity from outside the building to the train cars was needed; the maintenance pit is a rail system going through the concrete slab and supports an 88-ton railcar.


Commercial Buildings (over 10,000 sq. ft.)

Corey Carney and Doug Carney, Builders Pride Inc.–Wick Buildings

Common Good Natural Living Inc. in Marshall, Missouri, is a day facility for developmentally disabled individuals. Post frame allowed for speed of construction, lower cost per square foot, and ease of modifications and additions in the future.

Cladding: James Hardie siding, porcelain tile and wainscoting; Roofing: 1-1/2” hi-rib, 12” on center; Windows: steel clad; Doors: commercial glass and Plyco; Fasteners: stainless steel screws; Insulation: spray foam and cellulose; Foundation or Structural Components: concrete pier; Unique Features: cedar columns, Daikin system, no duct work, separate units in each room, hip roof portico and 1.5 hi-rib.

Hobby Shops

Rob Pearce, Quality Structures Inc.

The Meyer Truck Center in Spring Hill, Kansas, will be used by Randy Meyer as a garage and showroom for his many racing vehicles, with the 28’ lean-to used as the office for his business. The completely open interior and raised center aisle lined in white steel allows him to show off his collection of cars. Post-frame construction was the most cost-effective way to build a shop and office all in one and allowed the main building height of 20’ where conventional framing would have been impossible

Cladding: 29-gauge painted imperial-rib steel by ABC, stone veneer wainscot by Canyon Stone; Roofing: 29-gauge painted imperial-rib steel by ABC; Windows: Simonton Brickmould 300 series, bronze tint, low-emissivity; Doors: steel-clad 9-Lite entry doors by Mid-Am; Fasteners: N/A; Insulation: WeatherWrap Microfoil and R-19/R-30 batt; Foundation or Structural Components: 4’ embedded posts by Midwest Columns, LLC; Unique Features: custom overhead doors by Midway Wholesale; the building is steel-back insulated and has a long recessed panel, sandstone color and tinted sunburst windows. The attached leans, inset porch and stone veneer give the exterior a distinctive look to match the garage/showroom.


Horse Barns/Facilities (under 5,000 sq. ft.)

Steve Elliott, Morton Buildings Inc.

The Don Sanders Stall Barn with Living Quarters in Lonedell, Missouri, is a 36’ x 72’ six-stall horse barn with attached 30’ x 60’ living quarters for the customer to use as a temporary residence until his house is built. This project was a beautiful combination of Morton’s post-frame construction with Whole Tree’s timber-truss design. Post-frame construction was chosen for its customizable options, unique design integration, and energy efficiency. 

Cladding/Roofing: Morton Buildings hi-rib 26-gauge steel; Windows: combination of Morton Buildings and Pella windows; Doors: Morton Buildings FiberSteel walk doors, and Morton Buildings Diamond M sliding doors; Fasteners: stainless steel, torx head color-match screws; Insulation: R-19 and R-38 batt; Foundation or Structural Components: spread footing with 8” foundation wall and concrete pier; Unique Features: Whole Tree timber trusses and porch columns, Morton Buildings cupolas, Morton Buildings designed and installed horse stalls, wash stall, and tack room. The stall barn is all post frame, but the living quarters use post-frame construction for the walls to support Whole Tree timber trusses and Whole Tree timber columns for the porch columns.


Horse Barns/Facilities (5,000 sq. ft. and over)

Alan Sanderson, Morton Buildings Inc.

Little Indian Stables in Lampe, Missouri, is a commercial horse-barn facility in Dogwood Canyon Park. The area is a nature park used for horseback riding in a 10,000-acre park for John Morris, the owner of Bass Pro Shops. Post-frame construction was chosen because the customer wanted the beauty of wood rather than the aesthetic of steel.

Cladding: 1 x 12 rough-sawn cedar with 1 x 4 rough-sawn batt boards, 1 x 12 cedar soffit and fascia; Roofing: 26-gauge Galvalume roofing with stainless steel screws; Windows: Pella metal cladding insulated with grills low-emissivity glass and wood interior; Doors: rough-sawn cedar crossbuck rough-sawn cedar with Pella glass inserts pine interior and 2’ x 8’ tongue-and-groove pine interior; Fasteners: galvanized nails on cedar and walls; Insulation: R-19 in office and bathrooms; Foundation or Structural Components: embedded 4’; Unique Features: 2’ x 8’ tongue-and-groove yellow pine interior of barn and stalls and in breezeway, tack rooms, bathrooms, and overhead office upstairs; 1’ x 12’ cedar board and batt siding with cedar Dutch doors and automatic waters in stalls; Galvalume roof with 8’ x 8’ cupola on roof with glass and trimmed in cedar on exterior; Nelson automatic watering systems with heaters, cedar

Dutch doors, concrete floors with rubber mats and swing-out feeders for hay and grain in all stalls; two henhouses with Pella windows on roof; special guttering old-style round galvanized and paddock fencing for horses; 12’ overhang porches on each side of building; lighting with oil-rubbed bronze finish.


Institutional Buildings

Willie Kimmons, Willie Kimmons–Wick Buildings

The Lincoln County Humane Society in Merrill, Wisconsin, uses this building as an animal shelter. The society had to take out a mortgage for a portion of the project, but a retired Merrill High School teacher stopped by to pet the cats and ended up generously donating to pay off the mortgage. Post-frame construction was chosen for speed, lower cost per square foot, and ease of modifications and additions in the future.

Cladding/Roofing: 29-gauge steel; Windows: aluminum clad; Doors: aluminum store-front doors throughout for low maintenance; Fasteners: screw fastened; Insulation: unfaced batt, R-19 walls and R-60 cellulose ceiling; Foundation or Structural Components: grade beam floating slab; Unique Features: smart-side window trim around windows and doors; all snow jacks painted to match roof color; 6/12 roof pitch; epoxy floor with cove base; in-floor heat with 24 zones; 8” block wall filled with mason sand for soundproofing; acoustical ceiling and wall panels; dog area supplied with gutter system, pitched to a flushing system.


Livestock Facilities

Chris Harmsen, Precision Structures Inc.–Lester Building Systems, LLC Dealer

Pipestone Veterinary Services is using this 5,400-square-foot complex as a genetics multiplication farm, which will produce about 3,100 piglets per week. All of the air entering the facility goes through biofilters to protect the herd from disease. Post-frame construction played a huge role because of its flexibility and scale.

Cladding/Roofing: uni-rib steel; Windows: Hayfield; Doors: Plyco; Fasteners: Leland; Insulation: batt and cellulose R-30; Foundation or Structural Components: concrete pier; Unique Features: combination high-pitch/low-pitch roof was developed between Lester and PSI, and the latest in bio-filtering techniques was used.

Residential Buildings

Charles Flauding, Morton Buildings Inc. 

The LeBrun Farmhouse in Bonham, Texas, will be used for living quarters and a shop area for the farm. The evergreen roof and ivory sides allow this structure to blend in perfectly with the surroundings and combine an aesthetic and functional design. The major benefit of post-frame construction was the ability to span 64’-wide trusses with zero internal -support posts, thus giving the customer the ability to have an open floor span for the living quarters and shop area.

Cladding: Morton hi-rib steel; Roofing: Morton hi-rib steel on top of 7/16” OSB with felt; Windows: Foxworth-Galbraith; Doors: Morton Fibersteel single and double door and Foxworth-Galbraith Sliding Doors; Fasteners: Morton stainless steel internal drive screws; Insulation: 6” R-19 walls and 9” R-30 ceiling; Foundation or Structural Components: concrete foundation with perimeter beam; Unique Features: Morton Diamond “M” sliding doors; functional dormers, cupolas, Diamond M header with box flashing porch, turkey-tail roof overhangs and Dutch door; 64’-wide house with 6/12 roof pitch with 7/16” OSB and felt on the roof purlins covered with Morton hi-rib steel in evergreen and ivory, which are Energy Star–qualified steel colors.


Retrofitted/Remodeled Buildings

Kevin Miller, Custom Structures Inc.–Wick Buildings

This building in Arcadia, Illinois, was completely remodeled for the Rexx Battery Specialists to create a commercial warehouse and shop. Post frame allowed for speed of construction, lower cost per square foot, and ease of modifications and additions in the future.

Cladding: Wick steel exterior wall cover with Tyvek house wrap; Roofing: Wick steel with plywood and 30## felt; Windows: Plyco step saver windows were used; Doors: Plyco series 32 commercial walk doors and storefront plate glass with aluminum frames; Fasteners: Wick Buildings; Insulation: unfaced R-19 batt with 14” blown-in fiberglass attic insulation, all interior walls have fiberglass sound insulation; Foundation or Structural Components: concrete pier; Unique Features: spiral duct work in showroom; Plyco windows; flow-through ridge ventilation.

Suburban Garages

Alan Sanderson, Morton Buildings Inc.

This building in Monett, Missouri, is a three-bay garage for vehicles and a general shop. Post frame was preferred so that the customer could finish the interior with wood.

Cladding: stone veneer masonry on wainscot and Morton hi-rib steel with rough-sawn pine timbers highlighting the front entry; Roofing: Morton hi-rib steel .019 thickness; Windows: Lyndsey vinyl windows with low-emissivity glass and argon gas–filled thermal pane; Doors: Morton 9-lite crossbuck steel doors and steel frames; Fasteners: stainless steel screws; Insulation: 1/2” Thermax footing (walls) and 1/2” Thermax (roof); Foundation or Structural Components: 8”-thick wall foundation on concrete; Unique Features: 3’ x 3’ roof cupola with grilled vents, curving shutter for accenting and custom-made 2’ x 6’ rough-sawn with chisel-notched peg/pin design work; 8’ x 8’ timbers, rough-sawn corbels and Delden garage doors with wood-grain finish, window inserts, metal strapping and Centurion stone; 7/12 roof pitch, 8’ x 8’ rough-sawn timbers and decorated corbels.



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