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Information that gives you insight into post-frame construction and in making your building project a success.

Angie Dobson

Angie graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Prior to joining the FBi team, Angie was a kitchen and bath sales consultant in Lafayette, IN. In 2012, she started with FBi as the Inside Sales/Marketing Assistant. Today she holds the role of Sr. Marketing and Inside Sales Manager. Angie grew up in a farming community and has always enjoyed helping her family on the farm. A past 10-year 4-H Member, her passion for livestock pursued her to take a career in the agriculture field. She and her husband live in Northwest Indiana with their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor leisure activities and spending time with friends and family.

Building Tips | Farm Buildings | Residential Buildings | Horse Barns | Commercial Buildings | Building Design

By: Angie Dobson
April 18th, 2022

Building a pole barn is a big decision. Arguably, a bigger decision is how to design your pole barn. There are many different building features for you to choose from, such as:

Building Construction | Building Tips | Structural Integrity

By: Angie Dobson
March 14th, 2022

The prices in post-frame construction have dramatically fluctuated over the last two years. When prices were predicted to start dropping, other world events started happening, making the commodity markets even more unpredictable.   Some customers have decided to put their project on hold, hoping that prices will eventually drop. Others have decided that they are going to move forward with building their pole barn because they’re uncertain when prices will drop.

Posts | Structural Integrity

By: Angie Dobson
February 21st, 2022

If you’re going to invest your money in a new pole barn, then you’ll have to make sure it’s engineered to handle various stresses. For instance, your pole barn will inevitably encounter inclement weather (e.g., rain, snow, and wind). Do you know if your post-frame builder uses the designated snow and wind load ratings for your location?

Building Tips | Structural Integrity | Site Preparation

By: Angie Dobson
December 13th, 2021

One of the most common questions our Project Sales Consultants are asked during the pole barn building process is whether or not the concrete pad should be poured before or after the post frame building is constructed.   The short answer to this question is it depends.

Building Features | Structural Integrity | Comparisons

By: Angie Dobson
November 29th, 2021

Rafters vs. trusses. Two different words that can easily be confused with one another (especially if you’re a construction newbie). Although both types of components are used to support the roof of a building, they each have their place in post frame construction.

Structural Integrity | Building Design

By: Angie Dobson
October 4th, 2021

The truss is just one component in the overall building system.  Believe it or not, you can have the most robust truss system, and your building may still fail. You’re probably wondering how that could happen, and we’ll explain why that is possible later on.  But remember, it’s important that the load path is followed to the foundation of the building as it resists multiple loads, often co-occurring. Trusses must handle all the loads applied to the roof steel and purlins and transfer those loads effectively to the columns, hence the importance of the truss to column connection.