Rural Builder Hall of Fame Recipients: 1982-Present

Each year, Rural Builder magazine inducts new members into its Rural Builder Hall of Fame. This tradition began in 1982 to honor individuals who helped advance post-frame building technology through their work and advocacy. Today, all new members are elected by their Hall of Fame peers to join the elite rank of builders, suppliers and educators. Following is part of an alphabetical listing of all recipients of the award. Profile information was current at the time the award was presented and has not been updated to reflect the current status of recipients.


Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson

Anderson, Gary A.
Inducted: 1997
South Dakota State University – Brookings, South Dakota

Dr. Anderson, who earned his Ph.D in 1987 at Iowa State University, is an associate professor at South Dakota State where he teaches wood design, environmental control in agricultural buildings and engineering instrumentation.  A 1975 graduate of South Dakota, he has also pursued research interests in light-frame structures and indoor air quality.  This work has led to more than 45 technical papers and chapters in a monograph published by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.  His primary research thrust has involved the diaphragm design of post-frame buildings and he has worked at developing design databases for various companies.  He has also aided in the development of different frame-diaphragm interaction models, end wall diaphragm post foundation behavior, and post embedment to include the effect of restraining the post at the roof.

Dr. Anderson’s design experience with extension and industry has produced designs for trusses, door headers, rafters, posts, dump pit grating, concrete floors and waste tanks, and steel feed bins and hoppers for farmers and extension personnel.

A four-year U.S. Army veteran, he won the Army commendation Medal, was selected a member of the Outstanding Young Men of America, and received an Outstanding Review of the S and E Division of ASAE.



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