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Breathing New Life Into an Old FS Building: Part 1

While there is always something fun about building a brand-new structure from the ground up, there is something equally satisfying about taking an old structure and making it feel new again. Sometimes this is in the preservation of something historic, and other times, it’s simply a matter of efficiency and cost. This is the first of two articles covering the extensive updates done to an old FS structure this past February as it transformed from something that looked the part of having weathered the test of time and seasons to something that looks like it could have been built yesterday.

The biggest and perhaps most obvious fix came in the form of the large, 24 x 16’ polymer doors that took up most of the front of the building. To be expected, these had yellowed and worn over the years, so our team replaced them with a new, double-sliding, metal door system. These new doors, matched to the original color of the structure, now provide a sharp, new focal point to the building. In addition to these doors, we also replaced another old, double sliding door with a 12 x 10’ Raynor Showcase steel-backed, insulated door and a Raynor Pilot ½ hp chain drive operator.

The second major fix came in the form of a new 22 x 22’ roof over the office area of the structure. This GR3 Fabral white, metal roof will last up to 60 years and provides a clean, new look for the top of the building.

Even with these additions, the building still wasn’t finished. However, with brand-new garage doors and a metal roof, it’s well on its way. If your building could use new doors or an updated roof, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

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Buildings: Large Buildings Bring Options and Space

A building can be a lot of things: a place to live, a place to relax, or a place to work. And while we at FS Construction Services have spent many years building almost every type of building you can imagine, we also understand that sometimes the single most important feature of any building is that it’s simply big enough. You can’t park a combine in a two-car garage, after all.

Luckily, we have experience building structures of almost any size to fit any need. And when it comes to large buildings, there are a number of options available to guarantee the form fits the function. We talked at length last month about post-frame buildings, which can range from medium-sized to quite large, so we’ll spend more time this month talking about our steel building options made possible through our long-term partnerships with Walters Building, Butler Manufacturing and Sukup Manufacturing.

One of the major benefits of post-frame and steel buildings is their ability to support huge, wide clear spans. This uninterrupted space means ease of storage and no fears of cramped equipment or navigating around support beams. While this makes them particularly well suited for agricultural use, they are just as often used for industrial or commercial purposes. Apart from their strength, our buildings have many features and advantages for color, siding, roofing, porches doors and more.

In either instance, whether steel or wood, our large buildings are extremely strong and highly customizable. Recently, we built a 42’ W x 80’ L x 16’ H Walters Buildings post-frame building for a client after their previous building burnt down. One of the benefits of this type of building is how quickly they can be constructed, within the schedule we provided, the client had a new, huge space to store their equipment.

If you are in the market for any kind of large building, whether wood or steel, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

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Buildings: Medium-Sized Storage Buildings (and Why You Need One)

The word “storage” can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and the level of anxiety you feel when you hear that word will depend on which type of person you are. But the fact remains, whether you need a little bit of it or a lot of it, almost everyone has some kind of storage need in their life. While some things, like baseball cards, are pretty easy to store, other things, like lawnmowers, campers, ATV’s, boats, or your prized vintage muscle car can be a bit more difficult.

Here at FS Construction Services, we understand the dilemma, and we’re here to help. There are a seemingly infinite number of storage options and buildings, so we’ve done our best to break them down into three broad categories: small, medium, and large. Today, we’re going to talk about medium-sized storage buildings.

The most common of these you’ll come across is the post-frame building (or, as it’s often called, the pole barn). They are versatile and cost effective but most importantly, they can be designed to meet your needs and store almost anything you can think of.

Surely you have seen different shapes and sizes, but the general features remain the same: wood construction with steel siding. However, for the FS Construction Services team of building professionals, that is just the start to providing you a great, medium sized storage building. With patented STP (Shear Transfer Plate) columns that provide incredible load carrying capacity, multiple color, window, door, porch, wainscotings and roof options, your finished project can look exactly as you envision.

One of the great benefits of this type of building is just how versatile and customizable they are. Usually varying from 30-70’ in width and length, these multi-purpose buildings are sometimes used as garages, storage buildings, workshops, leisure space, or some combination of all of them. Additionally, thanks to our partners at Walters Buildings, we can also construct actual storage units. Again, these are highly customizable buildings that can be built to fit specific needs and purposes.

With any of these types of buildings, a variety of insulating materials and weather protection can be added to increase comfort and the safety of what’s inside. If you are in need of any kind of storage building, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

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FS Construction Services Buildings: Small Sheds

In the next several months, FS Construction Services is going to take a deeper look at our Buildings services. We’ll talk about a different type of building each month. This month our focus will be on smaller buildings or sheds.

Most often in our blogs we talk about our large, commercial and agricultural buildings, and we will get to those later on in this series, but to start with, we wanted to focus on something a little more humble. It’s all too easy to overlook a small shed. They’re utilitarian buildings that are meant to be tucked away not stand out. However, we and our partners at Walters Buildings see no reason why a shed can’t be attractive as well as functional.

With FS Construction Services you can customize your small shed to fix your exact needs. Whether you need a mancave, lawn and tool storage to drive your lawnmower into or you simply need some extra storage room that enhances the appearance of your backyard, we can do it. From your choice of color to where and how you want your door to open, work with us to guarantee a long-lasting, functional shed.

Our team of experts work quickly yet maintain expert craftsmanship and we are careful to choose partners who only use the highest quality lumber and material. So while we do love talking about huge steel buildings with impressive clear spans, we also love reminding folks that we’re here for the small, unassuming, practical everyday help that a well-built shed provides.

If you are in need of a new building, residential, commercial, or agricultural, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

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Project Profile: Detached Garage & Storage Space

We all know the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” And while we at FS Construction Services appreciate that call for patience, we understand that proper planning of projects is vital. Our pole and post-frame building team takes great pride in working closely with customers on the design, development and scheduling of each job. Such was the case on a recent project when we helped one of our clients go from empty lot to fully-constructed building while meeting their needs, requirements and timing.

After the concrete was poured, this new garage plus usable storage space took up a 24’ x 36’ x 10’ space. Not only spacious, however, this wood building was built to stand the test of time and the test of the elements. Covered in 26-gauge steel panels and built on a concrete stem wall, the structure also features two Raynor Showcase steel-backed insulated overhead doors and five Plyco insulated windows. This way, our client gets to enjoy a weather-protected building with the assurance that it will stay that way for a long time to come. Additionally, to provide the most function out of this structure, we installed 200-amp electric service and a 3’ overhang in front of the building with gutters.

While our team of experts, led by Tom Marcheski, worked quickly and efficiently to get the building completed, they were also careful to ensure this project, as with all our building projects, received the thorough, detailed craftsmanship. Thanks to our longtime partnership with Walters Buildings, our well-trained team knows the ins and outs of their structures and how to build them right.

If you are in the market for a new building, whether it’s residential, commercial, or agricultural, from the simplest design to highly customized projects, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

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Project Profile: Preserving History on the Mississippi

Every once in a while, a project comes along that is so exciting and interesting, just getting to work on it feels like a privilege. At FS Construction Services we have occasionally had the pleasure of getting the chance to restore or preserve some history, which is always fun, because those projects carry a little extra meaning. This past year, we had the opportunity to work on a building going on 90 years old, and bring something from the brink of disrepair into something useful and beautiful.

Back in 1930, this barn was built by hand in St. Genevieve, MO, just west of the Mississippi River.

As of April 2018, the structure was still standing, but it was in need of some serious repairs. Rather than demolish the building and start again, our client allowed us to come and perform a complete update, re-covering the entire barn with Fabral’s Grandrib 3 Plus panels. These galvanized-steel panels bring some serious durability with Class A fire resistance, Class 4 impact resistance, and Class 90 uplift rating, in addition to heavy-duty snow load ratings. The total installation covered two buildings, one at 46’ x 18’ x 13’6” and the other at 17’ x 46’ x 8’.

By installing these thicker, metal panels, we have not only been able to preserve this history for the present, but for the future as well. Tom Marcheski and his team had plenty of time to think this over as they rode the ferry over to the jobsite every day. St. Genevieve has the distinction of being the oldest permanent European settlement in Missouri, and now, thanks to a willing client and our expert team, the Hoog barn remains a standing part of that history.

Whether you are in need of updating an old structure or building an entirely new one, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

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Project Profile: New Roof in Time for Winter

At FS Construction Services, we know that no one ever really wants to get their roof replaced. It’s a big job, and it can be hard to know where to start, who to hire, and what kind of roof to buy. And while we can’t snap our fingers and make a new roof appear, we like to think that we’re the next best thing.

Late last fall, we had a client in that exact position, in need of a new roof before the cold winter months set in. We worked with our client to determine the best possible roof for his home, and our team got to work tearing out the old shingles and replacing them with a brand-new Fabral metal roof. These roofs are incredibly durable and can even have a lifespan of up to 70 years. For this particular job, we installed a Horizon S series roof. This standing-seam, concealed-fastener roofing system is made of 26-gauge high-strength steel. It also features a Class A fire resistance rating, a Class 4 hail impact rating, and a Class 90 uplift test rating. With eight colors to choose from, our client was able to find the right fit for his home, providing a fresh look to go along with the unmatched longevity and durability of his new roof.

When it comes to roofing, we believe it needs to be done right, and it needs to be done right the first time. The many decades of lasting protection and the peace of mind it brings is well worth the investment.

If you are interested in a metal roof for your residential, commercial, or agricultural building, you can 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.

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Project Profile: Brand-New Roof Liner

At FS Construction Services, we value high-quality material that stands the test of time. Our goal is to make sure each client we work with has the best possible experience, which is why we make a point to work with the best possible partners.

Last December, over the course of 9 days, Tom Marcheski and his team added high-quality roofing material to a client’s steel-framed building. First, to ensure the building and the equipment inside would stay protected from the cold winter weather, we installed batt insulation. After this, we were able to get to putting up some of best roof fastener panels on the market.

Fabral’s Mighti-Rib ceiling liner is a Class 4 impact, Class A fire, and wind-protected roof fastener that is not only exceptionally durable, but also comes in a variety of perforation and color options, so our client was able to find the exact look and fit for their needs.

The benefit of being able to handpick our partners is that we know the quality of material we’re installing matches the work quality of those installing it. Fabral’s metal roof supplies have proven to show incredible strength and longevity, meaning we never have to think twice about working with them.

If you are looking for a new roof or something to strengthen the roof that’s there, whether you’re considering a residential, commercial, or agricultural application, you can 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.

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Project Profile: Painting for the Police and Fire Departments

Some people choose to tackle painting projects themselves, and we understand why. However, there are cases where people don’t have the time, or the tools needed, to apply that fresh coat of paint. A good paint job goes a long way to improving the look of a building, even if it’s not the sort of building you might think about needing to be painted.

Our most recent paint job at FS Construction Services was painting the Valmeyer Emergency Services buildings, which include the police and fire department buildings. Paint Services expert, Brian “Boomer” Garleb, was our man on the project. The first step was to patch the cracks and the holes left from lots of nails over the years. Once this was done, Brian and his team could start painting, which sounds easy, but becomes a little more complicated when dealing with 20 ft. ceilings. Using a lift to reach the highest places, they made quick work of the interior of both buildings, covering them in a quality, neutral-tone semi-gloss paint. Our paint team always uses high-quality rollers and brushes and always lays drop cloths to make sure the only paint that stays is the paint that’s meant to. After just over three days, Brian and his team had finished, and the Valmeyer police and fire departments had fresh looking offices again.

If you are in need of paint services, interior or exterior, easy or hard-to-reach, you can 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.

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Customer Thank You

Construction is a demanding job. And there is the added pressure of knowing that any given project we’re working on directly affects someone’s home, business, or livelihood. It’s a great feeling to see something through from the very beginning to the end, when it becomes a functional tool for someone to benefit from and use every day. That’s why it means so much to us at Gateway FS Construction Services when a customer takes a moment to share their appreciation.

Recently we received a thank you from our clients Norm and Judy B. about a barn remodel project, and we wanted to share it here.

Gateway FS,

Just a note to say “Thank You” very much to Joe who did amazing work on our old barn.  The old saying “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear” – Well – Joe can!  He does beautiful work and we appreciate it so much and will enjoy the improvement for years to come.  Our compliments to an amazing craftsman!

Thanks,

Norm and Judy B.

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For us, our job is more than simply providing someone with a building or a grain bin, it’s about providing someone with the exact building they need to start their business, or the exact size of grain bin for them to have a successful growing season. The buildings and equipment we install are simply the tools, it’s the people who matter to us. We could install the most beautiful, fully-stocked steel building available, and if it wasn’t what the customer needed, that project would be a failure.

So we just wanted to thank Norm and Judy for their note, because it really does mean a lot to us. We enjoyed the opportunity to work with them, and we always look forward to meeting new clients and figuring out how to help them get exactly what they need.

If you have any questions about our services you can 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.