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2015 Featured Commercial Building of the Year

This building is for a growing automotive business in Wapello, Iowa. It has allowed the business to expand and offer new services to its customers.  Specifically, collision repair is now being performed along with general mechanic services.

In-floor heat keeps the work-space free of tracked in snow and provides an enjoyable space to work through the winter.  There are lots of windows placed high on the end walls and each of the overhead doors are entirely glass, giving the work area lots of great natural light.

His shop next door is actually steel frame construction. Post frame was chosen over a steel building due to its higher return on investment.  He now swears by post frame construction.


Size of Building

Width: 56 feet
Length: 120 feet
Total square feet: 6,720 feet


Post Size: 3-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
Insulation: Walls: R-19 Anco Textrafine.  Foundation: R-7.5.  Celling: R-38 cellulose
Truss/Rafter Clear Span: 56 foot clear span wood trusses
Metal: 29 gauge G-90 with Kynar 500 paint