Consider Post Frame
Post Frame Construction/Pole Buildings provide a more viable and affordable alternative to conventional construction.
Trusses are engineered to transfer the ceiling weight to the posts and can span up to 100 feet. Because of this, there are no interior load bearing walls. This allows you more freedom when designing your commercial space because you will have more open space inside your building. This is why pole buildings are the perfect building type for manufacturing, warehousing, office spaces, retail and most low-rise commercial structures.
Pole buildings are highly engineered wood-frame building systems. They are more common that you think, and they meet local, state and national building codes.
Next time you drive somewhere, look at the buildings you pass. The local pharmacy, your community church, the post office – all of these could be post-frame structures.
Laminated columns/posts are used instead of wood studs, steel frame or concrete masonry. Because of the posts literally anchor the building to the ground, the structures more easily resist wind and seismic forces.
Large (up to 100 feet) spans allow for open, versatile floor plans which make it easy to create unique floor and room designs. The larger and wider clear spans and open areas are greater than typical of stick-built buildings.
Compared to stick built (stud framed) construction, pole buildings use:
- Less wood
- Combine sheathing and siding into one layer of steel
- Bring less foundation costs
- Bring lower labor costs when building the frame