FS Construction Services grain bin addition for harvest

Project Profile: Grain Bin in Time for Harvest

At FS Construction Services, we always like to think that there is no project that we don’t enjoy. From detail work or simply painting a hard-to-access peak of a house to constructing large commercial spaces for agricultural operations and pretty much everything in between, we are happy to be of service. That being said, as anyone with a lot of Legos and a little bit of time can attest to, there is just something satisfying about building something either from the ground up or as an addition to an existing structure, such as this grain bin.

FSCS Sukup Grain Bin Addition Increases Grain Storage

Last September, we had the opportunity to do just that. Nathan Koester and his team worked with a client who was in need of more grain storage and better cooling behind their dryer. With harvest fast approaching and the need for storage looming, we got to work quickly to get the job done.

The final product was a 50,000 bushel, 15-ring tall Sukup grain bin that measured 36’ in diameter. This commercial bin was set up with a 5,000-pound load roof accessible by outside stairs complete with a safety rail. Additionally, we installed a 10” power sweep, a ceiling fan, and a roof auger. When it was all said and done, our client had significantly increased their storage capacity and was ready for whatever yields the harvest could throw their way.

If you are looking to increase your grain systems, improve your operation’s efficiency, or simply upgrade or retrofit aging equipment, we would love to help. Whether you have questions on what the best next step might be or if you know exactly what you want and just need to get it built, 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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Getting Grain Systems Ready for Fall

Forgive us if we sound like a broken record, but somehow it is already September, and all of those we’ll get to in the summer ideas are quickly running out of time. Harvest is here and pretty soon many of our clients will be right in the thick of it. If you haven’t had a chance to get out and evaluate your grain drying, grain storage, and other equipment yet, now is the time to avoid future problems and make sure your grain systems are up to date and running properly.

Grain Systems Pre-Harvest Preventative Maintenance

It’s always a good idea to fire everything up and make sure things will run as expected. It’s also a good idea to address any issues that may have come up last year. Did any of your grain spoil? Did you see any mold or unwanted moisture? Now is the time to squeeze in any last-minute maintenance on your drying systems. Our team is available to inspect any of your drying equipment and make sure that you are set up for an evenly-dried product in the future.

A little upkeep can go a long way, so be sure to clean out your equipment, check for gaps or holes where pests or moisture can come through. If you have had issues keeping grain thoroughly or evenly dry, it may be time to upgrade or expand your drying capabilities. Sometimes a little retrofitting is all you need for your equipment to work like it is brand new again.

While harvest is fast approaching, it is not too late to be prepared. If you find yourself looking at too little storage, outdated equipment, or any other issues or needs with grain storage, drying, or handling, 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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Withstand Extreme Weather with a Steel Building

Living in the Midwest, we at FS Construction Services are no strangers to extreme weather. Boiling hot one minute, downpouring the next, and a feeling that we’re never quite safe from the snow, our four seasons put us, and our clients, through the ringer, year after year. And while there’s no way to control, or even reliably predict it, there are ways to stay prepared for it all – rain, snow, or drought.

Steel Buildings Hold Up During All Types of Weather

Of the many types of structures we get to work with, few are as strong or as durable as a steel building. With an incredible strength-to-weight ratio, a steel building is ideally designed to withstand the ebbs and flows of extreme weather and the many inconveniences and misfortunes that can come with it. And our partners at Butler and Sukup Manufacturing have made names for themselves with their strong, customizable, multi-use steel buildings.

The materials used in a pre-engineered steel building can be rated for your area’s wind, load, and impact needs. Additionally, steel buildings have been proven to hold up better to fire and even earthquakes than other types of buildings. To stay warm, a variety of insulation types and thicknesses are available to make your space comfortable even in the coldest months. Galvanized or coated steel will not only withstand corrosion and rust, but steel isn’t susceptible to rot and pests like wood can be, meaning it’s able to hold up to forces both without and within. Extreme weather with a steel building can be withstood.

Obviously, no structure is perfect, but a steel building will get you about as prepared as you possibly can be for to weather whatever storm or stress may come. If you are interested in a steel building, or if you have any questions at all, 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: 8,640 sq. ft. of Machine Storage

At FS Construction Services, we know that sometimes you just need to store something really big without having to worry about accidentally destroying your building in the process. It’s a simple concept for sure, but building proper machine storage is no joke. Whether it’s agricultural equipment or boats or a variety of other possibilities, when it comes to machine storage, you need something that is as rugged as the machines themselves. And perhaps most importantly of all, you need something that’s big, with a wide, clear span.

Building You the Best Machine Storage

This was the case for a recent client who needed, more than anything, as much storage space as possible without much fuss. Tom Marcheski and his team stepped in and built a huge 72’ x 120’ x 16’ building with a wide-open interior for anything the client would need to store there. In order to make the structure as convenient and easy-to-maintain as possible, we also installed an extra row of splashboards, an 18-inch overhang on the left endwall, and seamless gutters. Additionally, our team put skylights into the roof for improved lighting and installed a Dripstop condensation prevention system to keep moisture from dripping down from the metal roof onto the equipment below. To make things as accessible as possible for the client, we also installed a 36’ x 16’ sliding door system, a 30’ x 16’ sliding door system, and a standard-sized door.

The importance of a building that just works can never be overstated. If you are in the market for machine or agricultural storage or any other kind of residential or commercial 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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We’ve Got Your Grain Needs Covered

“The best defense is a good offense,” is one of those age-old cliches that can be applied to almost anything and most people have probably heard it enough times to no longer consider its meaning. But bear with us as we use it to make at least one more point. When it comes to proper grain care, well… you know the rest. Let us know, we can help with your grain system needs.

Premier Selection of Grain Systems

There are a lot of things that can go wrong throughout the process of transferring your grain from field to storage. But even more than that, there are a lot of things that can seem to go okay, but over time, a little extra moisture or a pocket of grain that doesn’t get stirred or a storage bin that isn’t sealed off from pests, and suddenly you can find yourself playing defense to a host of problems. Stopping those problems before they happen is not only possible, it will save you time, headaches, and money.

The less you have to handle grain, the better. If your unloading tubes, augers, conveyers, or other handling equipment are no longer doing their job or you’ve consistently had to run over capacity, it may be time for an upgrade.

Similarly, if your drying fans and stirrers are no longer able to keep up, or if you need to be able to hold more in your bins, then you’re probably due for some new storage equipment.

We get the desire to put off any change for as long as possible, but if you are able to tend to these things before the problems happen, you should find yourself a lot more peace come harvest time.

If you’re grain handling and storage equipment just doesn’t seem to be cutting it anymore, whether you need a total overhaul or an upgrade of existing equipment, 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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The Best Way to Choose a Paint Color

It often feels like there are few things that can bring as much joy and frustration as a paint project. On the one hand, you have an opportunity to update and transform the look and feel of a space in a relatively inexpensive way. On the other hand, you have pretty much everything else. Whether you like painting or find it a huge hassle, there’s one thing that everyone can agree on: finding the right paint color matters. It can be pretty deflating to find out that there’s a lot more green in the gray paint you bought than you realized. Or that the blue paint you bought is way darker once it’s covering an entire wall.

Let Us Help Find the Right Paint Color

Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way. At FS Construction Services, we use the X-Rite Color Matching system. And while this may just sound like a fancy name, it can actually keep you from the headache-inducing problems that go hand-in-hand with so many paint projects.

For instance, matching an exact paint color can be a nightmare, and having to look every day at something that’s close, but not quite right, is frustrating. That’s why we use a tethered spectrophotometer. Again, it sounds fancy, but this mobile tool allows us to come to you and scan any surface you like. After the scan, we are able to generate the exact color you want to match.

If you need some help deciding on accent colors or are looking for a complimentary color to what’s already in place, our Color Harmony tool can help find the optimal color to match what you have. And of course, sometimes you just need to see what it’s all going to look like before you can decide, which can obviously make deciding a difficult task. With our Home Visualizer tool, we can take an image of your space, and digitally paint it before your eyes so you can determine which color or which shade you want to go with.

With our X-Rite Color Matching system, our goal is to take the frustration, headaches, and unexpected surprises out of your painting experience.

 

If you need any color matching help, or if you are looking for someone to come and paint your space for you, 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: Solving Storage Needs Without the Hassle

It can be easy to think of a building as something immovable and permanent. And while we certainly want our buildings to feel that way, we also know that doesn’t mean that a building can’t change once it’s been constructed. At FS Construction Services, we know that things change all the time. Life circumstances, careers, storage needs, and so on. We build durable, longstanding buildings that are designed to withstand the test of time. But that’s not to say that they can never change, grow, or adapt.

Sometimes You Need a Little More Storage Space

This past October, previous clients of ours found themselves in a situation where they realized they needed just a little bit more space on a building we had previously constructed for them. Rather than tearing down a wall and starting over, Tom Marcheski and his team took a more creative, more efficient approach. They extended the building by adding a 15’ x 48’ x 9’ lean-to onto the side of it.

The lean-to was tied into the existing roofing and sided to match what came before and was engineered to be open on both ends for ease of access. This extra storage provided our clients with just the right amount of space and protection for them, without needing to create an entirely new, totally closed-off section of a building. In just a week, they had exactly what they would need to be ready for the cold months ahead.

We are big fans of problem solving and finding solutions. So whether you are looking at new construction or need to find some update or modification to an existing 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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Steel Building Maintenance Throughout the Year

A steel building, just like everything else, needs some care and attention from time to time. While they are strong and designed to stand through the decades, a little maintenance here and there will increase their longevity and keep them operational. Our partners over at Walters Buildings put together a handy guide for steel building maintenance throughout the year which we will take a look at here.
 

Steel Building Preventative Maintenance

 
Since we just flipped our calendars to July, we’re sure that you already have several annual summer maintenance projects started. Take a look at the suggestions below for your steel buildings to be sure you’re on track. And we don’t need to remind you that with the passing of the Fourth of July, fall is just around the corner. We have some fall maintenance tips as well.

Summer

  • Check for any sticky locks. If you find one, be sure to oil it. Check the bottoms of your windows for debris in their drain channels.
  • Look around your building for signs of pests like: termites, carpenter ants, hornets, wasps, and more. Inspect closely around the columns, splash boards, eaves, and any attic spaces.
  • Inspect your siding and trim for gaps, cracks, dents, and holes. If anything is need of repair, be sure to use the appropriate sealant.

Fall

  • Check your roof for broken shingles, gaps in flashing, etc. If you have a chimney, make sure it’s still secure.
  • Clean your gutters and check your downspouts for debris.
  • Inspect your foundation for cracks and look for signs of water damage. Make sure the dirt around your foundation is graded so it will drain water away from your building.
  • Trim back any plants that are growing up against your building and don’t spray any weed killer on or near steel panels.
  • Replace cracked or missing caulk and weather stripping around doors and windows and anywhere where brick and wood make contact. Check your attic’s insulation.
  • Oil door, window, and garage door hinges.

 

If you have any building questions or needs, or if you’re in need of any repair services, 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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Wishing You a Happy Fourth of July

We know that no one needs a reminder of how strange the past year-and-a-half has been for many people. Whether it was confusion, sorrow, sacrifice, or some combination of all of those, each of us had our lives altered in some way we probably never planned for. And yet, we still found our way forward.

FS Construction Services Celebrates the Fourth of July

This year we are looking at a Fourth of July celebration that hopefully feels different than the last. Maybe it’s more people gathered in your backyard or a trip to go see family and friends or maybe it’s just another year of learning and growing. Whatever the case, we here at FS Construction Services hope you have some time to relax and enjoy the holiday.

As always, we think about the many friends, family, and clients we have been able to work for and with over the past year. We are thankful that even in an odd year, we still had projects to work on, buildings to build, and clients to help. We are thankful that we still had the opportunity to meet new people and build new relationships.

Hopefully, you will have some time to unwind this Fourth of July, but of course, like most of you, we will be right back at it the next day. We may be in the middle of summer, but without fail, harvest and everything that comes with it, will be here before we know it.

So if you are in need of a new building, grain storage equipment, seed systems, a garage door, a new roof, or some other kind of service, 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: Making a Grain Bin Taller

We know that it can be hard to deny the appeal of something brand new. Whether it’s a car or boots or a building, it’s always pretty exciting (and maybe a little stressful) to buy something new. And while many of our projects are new construction, there are also times where new isn’t always the best or most efficient option.

Efficiently Adding Height Makes Grain Bin Taller

Such was the case last summer when a client of ours found himself in need of some additional grain storage space, but didn’t want to go through the needless process of completely tearing down the still-working grain storage he already had on his property. And while it may seem overly simple to suggest that we could simply just lift off the old bin and place more grain storage rings underneath and then reattach the existing storage bin, but in broad strokes, it really was that simple. Nathan Koester and his team added three additional rings underneath the original bin and then connected them together. This allowed our client to keep his original footprint while gaining the extra bushel capacity he was looking for. In addition to upsizing the storage, we also installed another fan to increase the airflow for what will now be a larger batch of grain, ensuring that grain will stay well aerated and avoid spoiling.

It’s said that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and in this instance, we think we’ve found an agricultural building equivalent to that saying.

If you are in need of more grain storage, whether you want to upgrade what you already have or start with something brand new, 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.