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2014 Agricultural Building of the Year – 1st Place

Greiner Buildings won first place in the agricultural workshop division with Chris Ball’s 60′ x 104′ x 18′ lined and insulated building.

Chris and Keith Ball, owners of Ball Brothers Farms, are a couple of southeast Iowa’s most respected farmers. Their hard work, dedication, and success has allowed them to build this wonderful new shop & office facility. They used premier products from many NFBA member suppliers. They also used advanced modern day post frame methods such as wrapped posts and Kynar paint.

PostSaver wrapped posts were used to prolong post life while maintaining the strength advantage of posts in ground and protecting the environment from contamination caused by leeching of treatment. Kynar paint considerably slows chalking and fading. Insulated trench footing increases energy efficiency for the entire building.

Post-frame construction was the perfect option for this project because it offered design flexibility at a competitive rate. Such design choices as the porch construction with the Dutch hip would have been less feasible with steel. Also, the height of the shop would have been difficult with studs.

Iowa Pole Barn GB#2066 Chris -2-min
Illinois Farm Shop GB#2066 Chris -5-min

Size of Building

Width: 60 feet
Length: 104 feet
Height: 18 feet


Wall color: White
Roof: Black

Size of Building

Post Size: 4-Ply 2×6
Post Spacing: 8′ on-center
Post Type: Glue laminated (Glu-lam) with Postsaver rot protective wrap
Foundation Type: Posts in ground with insulated trench footing
Walls: R-19 Anco Textrafine.
Foundation: R-7.5.
Celling: R-38 cellulose
Truss/Rafter Clear Span: 60 foot clear span wood trusses
Metal: 29 gauge G-90 with Kynar 500 paint