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Shop building helps farmer kill two birds with one stone

Tom Guetterman had a problem. He needed a building to store
grain during harvest and house his tractors and other equipment for the rest of
the year.

He sought to kill these two birds with one stone when he
sought a new style of shop building for his farm.


The Bucyrus, Kansas, farmer sought his storage solution in a
new style of metal building. The 10,000-square-foot building provides around
100,000 bushels of grain storage when the need arises. When the grain's been
shipped off the farm, it houses his machinery and equipment.

But, in order to house and handle grain at one time and
machinery at another, it required a few adaptations from a standard steel shop
building. To accommodate each of Guetterman's storage needs, the building
includes a chain conveyor for unloading grain in its concrete floor, as well as
two 30-foot doors on each end to easily accommodate large equipment. A few
elements of his shop building's construction, Guetterman says, were behind his
investment in the new building.

"We needed a versatile building, one that allowed us
the flexibility to store as much grain as we wanted yet still maneuver large
machinery in and out of the structure," he says in a report from Liberty
Building Systems and Strickland Construction out of Olathe, Kansas, the companies
that collaborated on the building project. "One of the reasons we decided
on a metal building was the wide beams and absence of rafters -- it's an
overall better fit for what we needed."

Guetterman adds farmers in his area are split between metal
building and other structures, although he says he sees more metal buildings
all the time.

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