Rural Builder Hall of Fame Recipients: 1982-Present


Sam Cottrell

Cottrell, Sam
Inducted: 2018
Owner Hos-Cot Builders, Inc. and Hoosick Self Storage

Raised on a farm in Hoosick Falls, New York, Cottrell graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with an Associate Degree in Construction Technology in 1965. He continued in the construction field, joining the U.S Navy Seabees in 1966, with two tours in Vietnam, (Mobile Construction Battalion 5, and Seabee Team 0511 Learned). After service, Cottrell worked for the Agway Building Department as a construction supervisor. He established Hos-Cot Builders Inc. in 1973 with Stuart Hoskins, a partnership that lasted 40 years until Hoskins’ retirement. Cottrell continues in business alongside his wife, Doris, concentrating on the agricultural market and specializing in design-build of larger dairy complexes.


Calvin O. Cramer

Calvin O. Cramer

Cramer, Calvin O.
Inducted: 1994
Professor of Engineering – University of Wisconsin

Calvin Cramer, a consulting engineer involved in agricultural building design, was a professor of agricultural engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison from 1972 to 1988. He taught courses in residential construction, construction techniques, metal building systems, heating and cooling systems, and agricultural structures and their environment. His research at the university delved into bolted wood tension connections, laminated wood posts, functional design of agricultural building, and the ventilation of agricultural buildings. Other awards include the Polygon Outstanding Instructor Award in Agricultural Engineering three times and the Wisconsin Section ASAE Engineer of the Year in 1986.



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