Rural Builder Hall of Fame Recipients: 1982-Present


Roger “Lou” Oimoen

Roger “Lou” Oimoen

Oimoen, Roger  “Lou”
Inducted:  1996
Wick Buildings – Mazomanie, Wisconsin

Oimoen was chairman of the board of the National Frame Builders Association and served actively on the NFBA board from 1986 through 1991.

Oimoen, who was a 30-year employee of Wick Building Systems, was vice president and general manager of the Wick Buildings Division from 1980 through 1996.  Under his guidance, Wick aggressively expanded its sales of commercial and industrial buildings, churches, banks, funeral parlors, sales barns and retail stores.  The introduction of computerized designs and costing of buildings and trusses opened up an expanding market for custom-designed buildings for every conceivable use.  By 1996, Wick Buildings Division sales had doubled from their 1986 level.

Under Oimoen’s leadership, Wick Buildings Division won 12 Rural Builder Gold Key of Excellence Awards.


Douglas Overhults

Douglas Overhults

Overhults, Douglas G.
Inducted: 2015
University of Kentucky at Princeton

Upon finishing his master’s degree in 1972 from the University of Kentucky, Dr. Overhults began working for the university’s Cooperative Extension Service. Leaving to earn a Ph.D. at University of Nebraska, he returned to UK in 1982 with a greatly expanded knowledge of livestock production facilities.

Much of his work has concentrated on the environment of swine and poultry barns, recently focused heavily on energy costs and efficiency related to heating and cooling of farm buildings. Another major project area of concentration is ammonia and dust emissions from buildings. One of his goals is to help builders and building owners change the design thought process so that a building’s function is more thoroughly considered beforehand, thwarting problems more difficult to address once the building is built.




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