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I would like to put up a 36' x 36' pre engineered steel building. The side walls will have to be 16' as I want to put 2 14' x 14' overhead doors in the gable end. It will also need to have at least a 21 psf snow load and a 115 MPH wind load. I do not want any wood in this building. I have been reading some really bad reviews on most manufacturers. Any recommendations?
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I did a lot of research and looked at a lot of buildings when I had my barn built. I picked Morton Buildings and have zero complaints other than I wish I had gone bigger. 42' by 60' Meets all Florida wind codes and went through Irma without any issues.
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Mike was this a DIY type building that everything was cut to size in a kit form?
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
I would like to put up a 36' x 36' pre engineered steel building. The side walls will have to be 16' as I want to put 2 14' x 14' overhead doors in the gable end. It will also need to have at least a 21 psf snow load and a 115 MPH wind load. I do not want any wood in this building. I have been reading some really bad reviews on most manufacturers. Any recommendations?
you want a commercial metal building fabricator. ignore any fabricator that advertises aggressively to the end user.
there has been a ton of consolidation of companies over the past few years...do some research and you will find that many of the major fab's have common ownership

at a minimum, make sure they are a member of MBMA
https://www.mbma.com/
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I had a 40' X 60' X 12' Red Iron Building put up 4 years ago. Just under $40K total.
There are a couple companies in Adel Ga. that make them and then wholesale them to retail companies who put their name on them.
The assembly crew came out of Ga. and just finished assembling a building in Louisiana before they got to me.
I bought my building from Hercules Buildings in Jacksonville Fl. and am very happy with it!
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I hired a local guy to fab one. The work was AFU. So I fired him and hired another guy who contracts with Mueller. Much better workmanship and still came in on budget, even though half the panels had to be replaced. I would have had a better building much quicker if I would have just contracted with the big companies who do metal buildings and nothing else.

As far as size, mine is 30’x40’ and within months I wished I’d gone 40’x60’. Building a second one will probably be cheaper than expanding it.

I recommend roll up doors with jack shaft openers. That way you wont have tracks in your overhead space.
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I've been using Elite Structures, out of Adel, Ga. for the last few years. Send me a PM if you want the info for my contact person there.
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Thanks guys, I am having a local contractor do the work. He is very experienced in metal buildings. I was just thinking that is would be way quicker if it was a kit that was cut to size already. With the leed time they require and permitting, I was hoping to get it up this year yet before the snow falls. It will be used for cold storage only, I will not ever insulate it. What I am seeing is my choice is either I-beam or cee channel. I think I would prefer I-beam. I already have the slab.
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Ive built a pile of Morton buildings over the years. Bullet proof construction, custom designed and last I knew could be purchased as a kit.
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mots of the red iron type buildings come in a bolt together kit, hardest part is the sheet metal work. can be customized or sold as prepacked kits!

what ever you do, do not go with one of those kits with the galvanized 3x3 square tubing as the frame work. they look nice but not nearly as strong as the red iron type!
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Mine was all cut to size and only needed some trim cut.
I know a guy that bought a 40' X 50' and assembled it himself including PU in Ga. with his trailer.
It cost me $7500. for assembly and he said he wished he would have gone that route.
It took 3 guys 7 days with rain delays everyday! It had not rained in 2 months.
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OP what is your location?
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OP what is your location?
South east Wisconsin
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Subscribing to this thread. I'm thinking of having one erected at my office's rear parking lot. Glenview area. We've got plenty of space for a 40x60 or maybe bigger. Would be a great place to keep the plow truck, bobcat, mini-excavator, attachments, boat, summer car, etc. I would definitely be insulating and heating the space.
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
Mike was this a DIY type building that everything was cut to size in a kit form?
No they sent out a crew and then an extra crew and put the entire building up in 4 days. They build everything in house except I wanted copper roofs on the copulas and they had to get those from someone else.

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I live 1.5 mi for beach on a couple acres. Wanting to do a 35x 60. Any of you guys have experience with the galvanized steel structures? Will Morton do Turn Key Projects?
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Originally Posted by WildLines View Post
I live 1.5 mi for beach on a couple acres. Wanting to do a 35x 60. Any of you guys have experience with the galvanized steel structures? Will Morton do Turn Key Projects?
when you order a galvanized building, the main frame members will be hot dipped, and the secondary framing will be cold-rolled. sheeting can be anything (galvalume or painted).
you'll want to make sure you use the correct fasteners, and typically there will be minor issues resulting from the dipping such as bolt holes compromised, etc. these can all be fixed in the field but it does slow down erection.
the main frame members will also be a bit heavier than primed
the coild rolled members are actually easier to work with in the field and they really make the building look sharp
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We had a great experience putting up our 40'x60' prefab building about ten years or so ago. 12' walls and an 18' peak. Four 10' overhead doors. 200 amp underground service.

The building was supplied by Advanced Metal Buildings out of Little Rock Ak, but unfortunately they are no longer in business. Maybe the selling price of $16k was a little light! But comparable back when we were shopping.

No problem for us as the building went up well by one experienced crew and four of us as helpers. Having a Lull helped tremendously. Great plans, as everything fit well onto our slab that my son and I layed out..



Four years ago I came off the left side and built a roofover out of 16' panels. It was anchored and fastened well, as it survived some 60-70 mph winds when Irma came thru two years ago. It cam in handy for a birthday party we held when the rains chased us under it


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Originally Posted by Stim View Post
I had a 40' X 60' X 12' Red Iron Building put up 4 years ago. Just under $40K total.
There are a couple companies in Adel Ga. that make them and then wholesale them to retail companies who put their name on them.
The assembly crew came out of Ga. and just finished assembling a building in Louisiana before they got to me.
I bought my building from Hercules Buildings in Jacksonville Fl. and am very happy with it!
including concrete?
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Originally Posted by willie g View Post

including concrete?
Yes including concrete, 64 yards!!
Concrete guy did an excellent job. I've done my share of concrete work and have even drove the trucks in the past so I know how good it was and he even pulled my permits for a small fee. (gotta be licenced to pull permits)


The drawing for the concrete was WAY overdrawn by about 10-15 yards!

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