Project Profile: A Unique Take on a Wood Building

At FS Construction Services, we’ve talked before about the benefits of imagination when it comes to buildings, and that’s why it’s important for us not to limit ourselves or our clients when it comes to specialty and custom projects. At the beginning of this year we had the privilege of building a wood building just a little bit out of the ordinary.

Our partnership with Walters Buildings has allowed us to construct many high-quality wood buildings over the years. Often those buildings are used as storage sheds, activity centers, churches, or other community or commercial-type buildings. In this particular case though, Tom Marcheski, our pre-engineered buildings expert, oversaw the construction of a 40’ x 81’ x 12’ wood building that, while typical looking on the outside, was anything but on the inside. Rather than open storage space or a community meeting center, inside this building is a fully function living space.

This living space features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and is completely framed out and dry walled. The building also has concrete floors, a porch, and the living area is separated from the garage by a cross-partition wall. The Raynor ShowCase garage doors are made of heavily-insulated steel and have an R-Value of 10.25, making for extremely effective thermal protection.

Where many see a pre-engineered wood building as a place to store boats, cars, or agricultural equipment, our client saw it as an opportunity not just for storage, but as a complete living space. And our planning and building professionals brought the customer’s imagination to life in this incredibly spacious and functional specialty building.

If you have an idea for a wood building, be sure to let Gateway FS Construction Services know how we can help make that a reality. Or, if you are in the market for a steel building, check out Butler Manufacturing’s current free-shipping deal on their Classic II building (when ordered by 12/1/17!). If you have any questions, you can always give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

A Veterans Day Thank You

Here at FS Construction Services, we wanted to take a short break from talking about grain bins, steel buildings, and seed treatment, to highlight one of the most important days this month: November 11, Veterans Day.

To all of our friends, family, neighbors, and clients who serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, we would like to say thank you. We are able to do the work we love in and for the communities we live in because of your incredible sacrifice and dedication. This year, we wanted to make sure everyone gave some time and attention to the brave men and women who serve and have served our country over the years.

Veterans Day began as “Armistice Day” in 1919, after the end of World War I, and while there are countless books that could be written about the U.S. Armed Forces, we thought we would share a quick video we came across that puts in perspective just how many men and women have served our country over its history and how many are still serving it today.

It’s hard to express just how deep our gratitude is for those who have served our country. It is thanks to your work that we are able to enjoy such freedom and safety. So from all the folks at Gateway FS Construction Services: thank you. If you are interested in participating in or observing any Veterans Day events, be sure to check with your local VFW.

Project Profile: Grain Storage and Drying Just in Time for Harvest

Harvest is a season of being stretched, stretched for time when you’re working early mornings and late nights, and stretched for space when you’re filling your bins to capacity. And sometimes, both time and space can run low simultaneously, making for a particularly stressful harvest. Luckily, at FS Construction Services, we have experts who are able to work on all manner of projects, big or small, no matter the time crunch they’re facing.

This past August, our Grain Systems expert Nathan Koester oversaw the construction of a new Sukup grain bin for a client who needed it as soon as possible. Over the span of 10 days, FS Construction Services built a 48 ft. diameter, 7-ring tall bin with a capacity of 40,000 bushels. Additionally, we added wrap-around stairs for easy roof access, an OPI temp/moisture cable system, a gravity spreader, an 8” power sweep, and a dual centrifugal fan with an ultralow temp burner for low temp drying.

Completed on August 20th, this project was finished just in time for our client to make full use of the new space and new equipment. Sukup’s grain bin and grain drying technology makes it easier than ever to produce evenly dried, safely stored grain, which is one of the many reasons we have enjoyed a partnership with them for so long.

If you are looking for new equipment or accessories for grain drying, grain storage, or grain handling and transfer, let Gateway FS Construction Services know. We work with a number of trusted partners and employ the best in the business. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Project Profile: A New Look for a Historic Home

Many of our projects operate on a scale of “big,” whether that means adding huge amounts of storage space for a farmer’s crop, constructing a new residential building for storage and entertainment, or installing new equipment in a top-of-the-line seed treatment facility. One of our more recent projects may seem small in comparison, but the level of detail required was no small task.

Over the past 20 years, FS Construction Services has had a wide variety of painting projects, often painting homes, barns, or bins. However, with this particular painting project, we got to work with a canvas unlike any we’d ever had before. Illinois State Representative Charlie Meiers owns a 110-year-old farmhouse that has been in his family since 1931, and it was in need of a fresh look. Over time, the house has been brown, tan, white, gray, and yellow.

For Brian “Boomer” Garleb and his team, painting this historic house required an impressive amount of work. They began by power washing the entire structure with about 2,000 gallons of water. After waiting a few days for it to completely dry, Boomer and his partner Rex worked board by board, re-caulking and removing chipped or peeled paint across the whole house. Once all the old paint had been removed or, if it didn’t come off in the washing, glued in place with Peel Stop, they were able to begin painting the house.

The 5,890 sq. ft. house took 23 gallons of paint and primer and a 55-ft. tall lift to be completely painted. Boomer and Rex worked by hand, which gave them the precision needed to provide this century-old house with beautiful new trim and detail work. Now, this once old farmhouse’s showcase exterior matches its rich history.

Our expert paint team works inside, outside, and upside down for both residential and commercial projects, no matter the size. Meanwhile, our accurate color matching tools provide exactly the color you want. If you have any painting questions or needs, let Gateway FS Construction Services know, you can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Free Freight on all Butler Classic II Buildings through December 1

Here at FS Construction Services, it’s hard to believe that the end of 2017 is already approaching. And while it can seem surprising just how quickly the year went, it’s also not quite over yet.

Our partners at Butler Manufacturing want to give a jumpstart to your end-of-the-year building projects and are offering free freight on all of their Classic II Buildings from now until December 1st. With a commitment to shipping materials within 5 weeks, you still have time to take advantage of this deal and have your new building up and ready for use before the heart of winter takes hold.

The Butler Classic II Building System is a highly-customizable, versatile kind of building that offers huge, clear spans and a variety of widths, heights, and slopes. These buildings are great for agricultural, commercial, or even industrial use. The professionals at FS Construction Services are sure you will appreciate the many Classic II Building System features. To name a few, these structures include strong steel panels and a Butler-Cote finish that resists fading and chalking plus they are backed by an amazing 25-year warranty. All of these things together mean the Butler Classic II Building System is the ideal choice for a multipurpose, long-lasting, and low-maintenance structure.

When removing the freight expense from the cost of your construction project, it can equal a significant savings. So, if you have been considering a new building, now is really a great time to jump on the opportunity, especially if you are looking for a better way to store your equipment during the cold months.

Have further questions or want to get a quote, let the FS Construction Services construction specialists help. With over 40 years of experience as a construction, equipment and service leader in Southern Illinois, you will appreciate our informative, no pressure approach.

For all your Butler Classic II Building, steel building, wood building, grain system or seed treatment equipment needs, give the Gateway FS Construction Services team a call at 866-551-3454. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Project Profile: Newly Outfitted Baldwin Seed Treatment Facility

At FS Construction Services, we get a chance to work on a wide range of different projects. We embrace the challenge each new client brings, whether it’s big or small or it takes us two days or two weeks to complete. But every now and then, we get a project that allows us to work with some of the most advanced and exciting equipment on the market. And lots of it too!

This past August, we fully outfitted the Baldwin Seed Treatment Facility with some top-of-the-line equipment. We constructed eight 3,000 unit bulk bins, a Tri-Flo Batch Hopper capable of treating 1,800 lbs. a minute, and an LPV-style seed treater from USC. Additionally, while FSCS Seed Treatment Specialist Justen Kempfer oversaw installation, he also provided on-site training of all the new equipment and was present for any questions our client had.

With the addition of this new equipment, the Baldwin Seed Treatment Facility is now the most advanced and up-to-date facility in the area, able to treat and load a 240-unit tender in 6-11 minutes (depending on seed size), half the time it took before. They now have everything they need to accurately treat seeds to the specifications of each farmer. In fact, thanks to the automation capabilities of the new equipment, the facility can save and store individual farmers’ “recipes,” ensuring their seeds are able to receive the exact same treatment year in and year out.

If you are looking for some new equipment for your one-of-a-kind operation, no matter the size, let Gateway FS Construction Services know. From grain drying to grain storage to grain handling and transfer, we have everything you need for successful seed treatment. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Simple Tips for a Productive and Safe Harvest

Believe it or not, harvest season is already here. For many of our clients and many in our community this means weeks of high stress, little sleep, and hard work. At FS Construction Services we know a thing or two about working with a tight deadline. So in honor of your hard work, and in the interest of keeping you safe and productive during this busy time, here are some harvest-time suggestions and safety tips for your grain bins, dryers, and other equipment.

Large grain bins capable of storing thousands of bushels of crop and grain dryers that are able to quickly dry such huge amounts are a necessary part of agriculture. Unsurprisingly, proper safety and care taken in and around these incredibly helpful structures and equipment is a must for any successful harvest season. So here are a few things to bear in mind:

  • Never enter a grain bin without doing the following first: De-energize (turn off) and disconnect, lockout and tag, or block off all mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment that presents a danger, particularly grain-moving equipment” (OSHA). Grain is not a stable surface, and when it’s moving, pockets can develop that will cause grain to act like quicksand.
  • Never enter a grain bin without alerting others. Make sure the person inside the bin always has someone keeping tabs on them, as well as a safety harness or boatswains chair should they need assistance.
  • Grain dust is very flammable, so be sure to regularly clean surfaces, filters, and other areas where excessive dust may accumulate.
  • Be careful not to overfill bin with grain. Not only does this prevent ventilation, but it can put unnecessary stress on your structure.
  • Plan regular inspections. Make sure chains and bearings are properly lubricated, ladders are secure, safety shields are present, etc.
  • Getting the most out of your harvest requires evenly dried grain. Inefficient dryers increase grain waste with overdried and under-dried product. Be sure to view our grain drying page if you are looking to increase the efficiency of your drying, whether with an upgrade or a whole new system.

If you are interested in viewing more safety tips, you can do so here. Meanwhile, if you are looking for more grain bin and grain dryer suggestions and tips, our partner GSI has a helpful page here. Additionally, be sure to get as much rest as you can during this busy season. When you’re out in the field, be sure to pack protein and calorie-rich food to keep your energy up and combat the tiredness such a hectic time of year often brings.

We wish you a safe and successful harvest! As always, if you have any equipment questions throughout harvest let Gateway FS Construction Services know. With lots of grain system expertise, from grain drying to grain storage to grain handling and transfer, we have over 40 years of experience and are always happy to help. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Project Profile: Storage Shed and Man Cave All-In-One

Some of our favorite projects at FS Construction Services involve the combination of practical application and customer imagination. It’s an exciting time when a customer has an idea for a custom building because we know it will test our creativity and ability to deliver a final product that matches and exceeds their unique vision.

Such was the case recently when a customer wanted to double up on the usefulness of his new pole barn. His concept was to build a machine/vehicle storage shed that was also comfortable enough to function as a good old fashioned ‘man cave’. With his input, plus guidance and recommendations from our team of professionals, the final plans were a perfect combination of form, function and fun. We designed and constructed a 36’ x 48’ x 16’ Walters structure with a 12’ porch that wraps around three sides of the building.

We worked with the customer to choose the right exterior, a color combination of dark grey wainscoting and light grey .28-gauge steel siding. Additionally, IECC-compliant Raynor overhead doors were installed. These rugged doors allow easy entrance for our customer’s camper, tractor, Bobcat, ATVs, and more, while also providing thermal insulation and preventing heat loss through the doors. The porch columns were constructed with a polypropylene material to eliminate structure deterioration and increase the building’s strength and longevity. Finally, lights and ceiling fans in the wrap-around porch completed our customer’s vision for comfort and hospitality.

When the FS Construction Services crew completed the project, our satisfied customer had a finished pole barn structure that included a 16’ x 24’ kitchenette and recreational space plus a loft and bathroom that completed the finished product he had imagined.

If there is a building project you have in mind, whether it is straightforward or requires some imagination, let Gateway FS Construction Services know. From wood to steel buildings, large or small, we do it all. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for or check out our featured projects. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

FS: Your Interior and Exterior Paint Project Experts

Our team of full-service interior & exterior paint service pros know there is nothing structural about paint. Paint cannot physically change the size or shape of a home or building. And yet, the right paint color in the right room, can really appear to do just that. FS Construction Services’ paint expert, Brian “Boomer” Garleb, has put together some simple, yet effective paint tips to follow if you would like to transform your home, farm, or business.

  • For sunrooms and/or waiting rooms. Whether you’re looking to create a tranquil space at your home or office, using blues or greens in your sunroom or waiting area is a great way to bring outdoor colors into your interior space. This help to foster a relaxing, comfortable room to spend time in. If you’re looking to provide a more vibrant, energetic space, yellows and oranges can give rooms liveliness and excitement.
  • For uniquely-shaped rooms. Most rooms are square or rectangle, making for straight lines and a sense of balance. However, when this isn’t the case, darker shades on the ceiling and floor will create a squared appearance.
  • For hallways and smaller spaces. Lighter shades will make small spaces appear larger and more open.
  • For longer hallways. Conversely, darker shades with a contrasting end wall will visually shorten long hallways.
  • For shelves, built-ins, and storage areas. Colors that contrast with the surrounding walls will add dimension and bring focus to the painted area.
  • For exterior buildings, barns & roofs. Power washing the space first to remove dirt, rust, oils and loose paint before applying primer and finish coats will extend paint life.

There are, of course, many more ways to use paint to your advantage. With thousands of colors available from our partners at Valspar, and accurate color-matching tools, FS Construction Services has everything you need to transform your space. We’ve even provided a link to some paint FAQ’s.

If you’re just looking to freshen up a single room or get that new coat of paint on multiple rooms before fall and coming holidays, let the experts at Gateway FS Construction Services know. Check out our paint services brochure or give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Project Profile: New USC Pumps for Seed Treatment Operation

Much of the time, the project profiles we share end up being about space: larger grain bins, greater-capacity animal feed systems, upgrading or adapting existing equipment to work with newly-installed equipment, etc. For this profile, we would like to highlight how, from the smallest detail to the biggest picture, FS Construction Services is there for our client every step of the way.

This past March, we installed seven new Loss in Weight and Pump Stands at a seed dealer’s location. Our customers treating program is very particular, utilizing multiple pumps which allows the end user to treat incredibly specific recipes per their customer’s request. This set up was designed to be run by an automated system with an electronic panel touchscreen which controls oz/cwt or oz/scu application rates.

However, the FS Construction Services team’s involvement doesn’t end at installation. After all of the new USC equipment had successfully been put into place, we wanted to make sure our client felt comfortable using the new equipment and control interface. In order to guarantee this, on startup day, we sent a member of our team to treat as much seed as the customer desired, so they could see firsthand how to operate the new equipment and feel at ease taking control of it.

At FS Construction Services, we understand that many of our clients have jobs that require great attention to detail and equipment capable of precision. We have the same approach when it comes to our customers, from helping them choose the right equipment to installing and teaching them how to use that equipment. Our goal is that each and every client we have will not only end up with the right tools, but the right understanding of those tools, so they can carry on with their jobs comfortably and effectively.

If you have any questions on how to maximize your operations grain system or seed treatment equipment, let the team at Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.