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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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GROWMARK Foundation Scholarship for Agriculture Students

It will come as no surprise to any of our friends, followers, or clients that we here at FS Construction Services put a high value on the importance of agriculture and that much of our day-to-day work puts us in close contact with farmers and other agricultural specialists. So we are very excited to announce that GROWMARK, the company that owns the FS trademark, is once again offering the GROWMARK Foundation Scholarship for students pursuing a degree (two or four-year) or trade-school certification in an agriculture-related field. This $1500 scholarship is open to students in the class of 2019.

Amy Bradford, GROWMARK’s Corporate Communications Manager, said of the program, “GROWMARK and the FS member cooperatives are strong supporters of youth leadership education and this is one more way we can contribute to the future of agriculture.”

And we couldn’t agree more. Especially with such rapid changes in technology as we’ve experienced in the past couple decades, it is as important as ever that we encourage those interested in agriculture to study and help contribute to the continued growth and flourishing of such an important field.

Those interested in applying must complete an online application which will ask for the following: academic information, community service, leadership activities, and essay questions related to agriculture and cooperatives. Completed applications will be judged by a panel of agribusiness professionals. High school seniors or students at any level of higher education are eligible to apply for the GROWMARK Foundation Scholarship. Applications can be completed at www.growmark.com/scholarship and are due by midnight on April 12, 2019. Recipients will be notified by July 1, 2019. For more information, please visit GROWMARK or contact Karen Jones at 309-557-6184.

As always, if you are in need of buildings, grain systems, seed systems, or other 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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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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Merry Christmas from FS Construction Services

Somehow, another year has already gone by, and we find ourselves looking at another holiday season. It seems like the holidays come quicker and quicker each year, and with the busyness of life, it can be hard to slow down and appreciate them. So to our friends, families, neighbors, and clients, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that you are able to find a little time at the end of this month to look back at 2018 and be thankful for the good things and find peace with some of the harder things.

At FS Construction Services we are thankful for the many clients and friends who have given us the opportunity to work with them and be a part of their lives this year. It’s because of you that we have been able to provide over 40 years of service to the southern Illinois area. It’s the work we love doing in the places we love doing it, and we are thankful to have had another year serving our clients and are excited for what 2019 will bring.

As you look forward to the year to come, with everything that needs to be done and everything you hope will be done, we hope you will consider FS Construction Services. From residential, commercial, and agricultural buildings to grain systems, seed systems, garage doors, roofing, and many other types of services, we have trained experts who can help you with the biggest job to the smallest one – except for wrapping presents! For that, you are on your own.

If you have questions, need an estimate, or just need some advice, 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 in the coming new year!

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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: Old Barn Made New with Metal Roofing and Siding

Sometimes a building can stand out for all the wrong reasons. Some buildings are a little old looking, some buildings are falling apart and need to be torn down. And sometimes, a building is just a little dated and needs some attention and care. It’s tempting in these cases to want to tear down and start again, and sometimes that’s the right call. However, at FS Construction Services we have experienced again and again how refurbishing an older, solid structure, can be a better allocation of funds. There are a number of these types of buildings whose life expectancy can be greatly extended.

This was the case for Tom Marcheski and his team when they recently remodeled an old barn that was by no means dilapidated, but greatly benefited from some work and attention. The old roof and siding were replaced with Fabral’s Strongclad galvanized-steel panels, which not only dramatically improved the look of the barn, it added Class A fire resistance and Class 4 hail impact resistance.

This new covering, on the sides and on the roof, is not only cheaper than a whole new building, it will provide incredible strength and durability for many years to come, breathing new life into an older structure, and providing the perfect solution for a building that’s meant to be a little rugged.

Finally, our team of construction professionals outfitted this newly renovated building with a guttering system. This addition will help to divert any rains away from the building thus helping to keep the floor dry and eliminate standing water around the building.

We understand that agricultural equipment and structures need to be able to endure some hard treatment and even harder weather. From grain systems to steel buildings to metal roofs and even paint that won’t fade, Gateway FS Construction Services can 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.

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Project Profile: Extreme Pole Barn Makeover

Sometimes the best projects just can’t get off the ground for one reason or another. It may be a money or material shortage, it may be a functionality issue, or, in the case of this project, it may be an issue with city ordinances. Our client initially wanted to build a new pole barn, but because of city laws, was in a position where he could only remodel an existing structure, not tear down and rebuild one.

Luckily, we’ve seen it all at FS Construction Services, and we value flexibility. To give our client the building he wanted, Tom Marcheski and his team went to work on the existing 40’ x 43’ x 10’ pole structure so our client could enjoy the rest of his summer with his “new” old building.

When we say complete remodel, we mean it. Our team added new metal walls with wainscoting, a new roof, built a cupola, removed a slider, installed 2” vinyl backed insulation and CondenStop to prevent condensation, and finally we added seamless gutters to ensure the building would hold up in any kind of weather. By the time our team was finished, it was hard to tell that the beautiful new building had older bones.

Any project brings its share of challenges, sometimes they’re bigger than others, but we believe there’s always a solution to be found through our skilled experts and construction partners. Our job is to make sure that the structure or equipment our clients end up with matches the structure or equipment they paid for, even if it means getting creative.

If you are looking for a new pole barn or any other kind of building, or if you are in need of some remodeling to update an existing 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.