Go big with hybrid building

Vaughn and Vance Zacharias, Kathryn, N.D., put up one of the new hybrid buildings by Morton Buildings. It’s called a hybrid because it combines steel trusses with wood post-frame construction. With the pre-engineered steel trusses, it’s possible to create a clear span of 150 feet and a vaulted ceiling, which allows for taller doors. But the superior insulating, strength and aesthetics of the post-frame construction is maintained.

Vaughn and his son, Vance, put up a 125-foot-wide by 300-foot-long hybrid building with 21-foot-tall sidewalls. The building has several hydraulic doors as large as 42 feet wide by 21 feet tall. The building has maintenance, truck parking, and wash, parts and tool storage bays.

The building is perfect for today’s big equipment, Vance says. They can pull planters, air seeders and tillage implements inside and unfold them. Combines with headers attached fit through the doors. Semis fit inside the building, too.

Key Points

• North Dakota farm puts up hybrid post-frame building to increase space.

• Clear spans up to 150 feet are possible with steel and post-frame combo.

• Taller doors and higher ceilings are possible with the hybrid design.

Vance, a senior at North Dakota State University, says they were looking to the future when they put up the hybrid building. “We expect farms and farm equipment will continue to get bigger,” Vance says. “This building should be a good fit for us for a long time, and we put it on a site where we can add on to it in the future.”


BIG SITE: This is an outside view of the 125- by 300-foot hybrid structure by Morton Buildings on the Zacharias farm. all Photos by Morton Buildingsz


CLEAR SPAN: There’s plenty of room for big and small equipment in the hybrid building, which can span 150 feet.


TRUCK PARKING: Semis fit inside the hybrid Morton building with plenty of room to spare.


HIGH CEILING: The steel trusses created a vaulted ceiling, allowing doors to be taller than the sidewalls.

This article published in the February, 2013 edition of DAKOTA FARMER.

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