Farm buildings: Pieces of the puzzle

Doug Gaudry says the days of traffic backups behind the huge barn being transported down the highway are pretty much a thing of the past. These days, most new large buildings or workshops destined for agricultural and rural properties are transported to the site in pieces.

“These structures are not traditional in the ready to move style,” says Gaudry, general manager, post-frame divison at Olympic Buildings in Winnipeg. “Rather than construct them here on site like we do with our other RTM products like homes or cottages, we ship these larger structures in pieces to the property and we assemble them there.”

Over time, Gaudry says he has seen the demand for these structures shift from agricultural to more commercial workshops.

“A large percentage of these structures are heated and insulated workshops,” he says. “There are also a good number of cold-storage buildings being purchased. These are particularly efficient in reducing wear and tear on farm equipment.”

Despite the upward swing in commercial workshops, Gaudry says that structures for animals are still available for purchase.

“We don’t have anything for chicken or hogs,” he says. “Most of our buildings for animals are designed for horse or cattle shelter.”

Where the process is similar to the RTM is the need for the structure to be built to code and also to be fixed to a foundation.

“We have packages available that include a foundation we build at the site, or the customer can build one on his own,” explains Gaudry. “Our structures are built specifically to the building codes of the areas the structures will be constructed in.

According to Gaudry, the post-frame building is the most economical package a buyer can consider.

“These buildings are the most cost effective because we build to suit the customer’s needs,” he explains. “Costs are lower than conventional framing especially when post foundation is used as no concrete pad is needed. This saves thousands of dollars for the customer, who can pour the concrete any time thereafter, or in some cases, when their finances allow.”

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