Heartland NFBA Chapter announces Building of the Year Award winners

The Heartland Chapter of the National Frame Building Association held its annual convention and trade show, the Heartland NFBA Conference, Oct. 15-16, at the Hard Rock Casino of Tulsa. During a special award session, winners in six categories received plaques for the annual HNFBA Building of the Year Contest.

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The Building of the Year Judges’ Special Award went to National Barn Company, Fort Gibson, Okla., for the Union Springs Weddings and Event Venue owned by Terry and Kathy Strong. The customer wanted a building that had western appeal for a country setting. The builder incorporated cedar board and batten siding, metal roofing and trim with Dutch doors and a faux baby door with beautiful results. The customer received estimates on several construction methods and post-frame was the most economical solution. They saved costs associated with a traditional concrete foundation, and the design provided the look they desired.

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The Building of the Year Award in the Agricultural Storage and/or Workshops category went to Quality Structures, Inc., Richmond, Kan. QSI received the award for the storage facility and workshop project built for Neil Fisher. The building is used for agricultural and personal purposes to store farm equipment and a personal aircraft that can land on the property. Two 40 x 12 foot doors were installed to accommodate everything that needs to be pulled into the building. There are also two attic spaces on opposite ends for storage. A vintage white 29-gauge wall and ceiling liner covers the interior of the entire building. At a cost of only $18.08 per square foot, post-frame proved to be the most cost effective building solution. The wide bay spacing of post-frame also made it possible for two 40-foot wide doors to be installed without disrupting the construction process.

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The Building of the Year Award in the Commercial category went to Quality Structures, Inc., Richmond, Kan. QSI received the award for a laminated column fabrication facility for Midwest Columns LLC. The building features 4-ply 2×6 glue and nail-laminated treated wood columns, a steel beam headers and stone veneer with steel and plywood wall liner panels. It is being used as a laminated wood column manufacturing facility for post-frame buildings. Attached to the manufacturing plant are an office building and a material storage building. The new build includes a 32-foot recessed loading area, two 4×14 foot double plywood brace wall panels, and a steel beam header to support drift loads at the attachment. Post-frame was chosen for its affordability and the ability to keep an open floor plan. It demonstrates the ability to merge post-frame design with traditional stick-frame construction as well as steel construction systems. The 192×72 structure was completed in 55 days at a cost per square foot of only $13.69.

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In the Horse Barns category, National Barn Company of Fort Gibson, Okla., received the award for the Circle Horse Barn project, built for Jack and Beth Circle. The structure is a custom-designed horse barn with four horse stalls, a tack room, a feed room and a bathroom. The barn is attached to a garage/shop with a dividing wall and overhead door. Porches cover each side of the building with concrete sidewalks all around the building. Post-frame construction techniques do not require traditional concrete footings, which allowed the concrete floor to be poured inside the structure after the building was already erected. The building also features a Plyco Champion sliding door with glass, covered porch posts, interior tongue and groove lumber, Dutch doors and horse stalls with blanket bars.

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The Residential Housing category award went to Quality Structures, Inc. Richmond, Kan., received the Award for the Bogard Home, built for Clint Bogard. The custom-built home serves as a primary residence with attached two-car garage and breezeway. The garage was fitted with a beam to accommodate the client’s hunting needs. An enclosed breezeway attaches the house to the garage. A spiral staircase leads to a landing for living space in the attic. Post-frame construction was the best and most cost-effective solution for the house and garage.

The post-frame design allowed everything the customer wanted incorporated into his buildings. The home was constructed at a cost of only $43.19 per square foot, and completed in just 22 days.

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The Building of the Year Award in the Suburban Buildings category went to D G Construction, Inc. of Ponca City, Okla., for a suburban garage building built for James Martin. One wing of this building is extra-tall to accommodate storage of a recreational vehicle. The shorter portion will be a woodworking shop, allowing the owner to move his cabinet shop from across town to right next door to his home. The building features a hip roof, a large covered porch and extended overhangs to shelter the overhead doors. Post-frame design allowed the versatility to change wall heights, and includes a hip roof to help the structure better blend into the neighborhood. The two different wall heights allowed flexibility to meet different needs energy-efficiently because the shorter section will be heated, and post-frame designs are very energy-efficient when properly insulated.

The National Frame Building Association (NFBA) represents the Post-Frame Construction Industry. The Heartland Chapter is NFBA’s newest regional affiliate, and covers the states of Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. For more information, visit www.heartlandnfba.org.

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