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6 Types of Post Frame Buildings for Your Commercial Business

May 28th, 2019 | 8 min. read

Cori Lane

Cori Lane

Cori grew up on her family's small grain and livestock operation in Northwest Indiana. In 2018, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration & Marketing from Marian University Indianapolis. Having shown beef cattle for 12 years at the county, state, and national levels, Cori chose to pursue a career in agriculture. Today, she serves as the Marketing Content Creator on the FBi team. In her free time, Cori enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, listening to live music, and traveling.

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Are you interested in expanding your commercial business with a new post frame building? Maybe you're just getting started in the commercial industry and looking to construct a post frame structure. Whatever the reason, you've come to the right place.

When people hear the term “pole barn,” they often picture a farm shop or cold storage building for agricultural equipment. Or a quaint red barn featuring cross-buck sliding doors, cupolas topped by weathervanes, and grassy fencerows.

It makes for a picturesque landscape in the rural Midwest. However, pole barn design and usage goes beyond the realm of agriculture.

In fact, post frame construction is an ideal solution for many business owners and land developers.

The building system provides design flexibility, durability, sustainability, and cost-savings. These significant advantages explain why architects, designers, and engineers favor this construction method over others.

Are you sold on the idea? Below, we detail six types of commercial post frame buildings that will help determine which structure fits your business’ needs.

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6 Types of Post Frame Buildings for Your Commercial Business


1) Retail Stores


No two retail businesses are alike, and neither should their stores.

A post frame retail space ensures longevity, whether it’s a multi-use or single-tenanted building.

Popular examples in the retail sector include:

  • Gas stations
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping centers
  • Strip malls

Pole barn construction offers flexible floor plans and exterior options to meet your demands. 

Invite customers to your retail space with an attractive exterior finish such as brick, steel, stucco, vinyl, and wood.

You’ve worked hard for your post frame building, so let it return the favor.


2) Professional Services 


Is your profession considered a “trade?” If so, you’ll want to build an adaptable structure to help you move people and machinery efficiently.

For instance, a 40’ x 60’ building with large overhead doors is an ideal setup for your garden center. 

Using the front showroom, you can display your top landscaping designs and materials to potential clients. 

In the back, you can store your gardening supplies (e.g., potting soil, mulch, or sod) and lawn equipment.

It’s the perfect combination of office and much-needed storage space.

As your business grows, so can your commercial building. Pole barn additions, connections, and lean-tos are feasible options for extra square footage.

Moreover, other professional services such as auto body shops and event planning (i.e., wedding venues) are making a move to post frame. 

Get down to business and check out our pole barn gallery. Who knows? You may just find the design inspiration you’ve been looking for.

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3) Automotive & Implement Dealerships


First impressions are important. Every dealership wants to showcase its products and services in the right light. 

Throughout the Midwest, automotive and implement dealerships are turning to pole barn construction.

Post frame buildings use specially engineered, clear-span trusses that do not require interior load-bearing walls. In other words, you can exhibit the newest sports car or heavy-duty truck in a wide-open showroom.

Nowadays, 100’ trusses are double-ply and made out of high-grade lumber. A higher grade means that the truss can carry more stress; thus, eliminating the need for stud walls. You can maximize your building space without sacrificing the structural integrity of your pole barn.

As mentioned above, post frame buildings are energy-efficient. Adding multiple windows throughout your structure is an excellent source of natural light and passive solar heating. 

Remember, your commercial property is a billboard for your business. Check out these businesses that made their dealership stand out above the crowd. 


4) Mini Warehouses


Humans inevitably collect stuff. Some people tap into their inner Marie Kondo and purge items without a second thought.

While others tend to hold onto things for a little bit longer. That one object could come in handy someday, but until then, it’ll collect dust in the attic.

Not everyone has the luxury of extra storage space in their house. Or the finances and land to build a pole barn on their own property.

Does this situation sound familiar? If so, your community could use a mini-storage facility. And you’re the perfect person for the job.

Look no further than post frame construction for your communal storage needs. 

No storage unit size is too big or small. Walk-in and overhead doors can be placed virtually anywhere for easy access.

The solid lineup of interior finishing options will keep valuables safe, giving your customers peace of mind.

With low maintenance and hassle-free construction, your mini-storage building will be complete in no time. Check out our pole barn gallery to see what’s in store for your business.

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5) Warehouse & Industrial Facilities

IndustrialHeavy manufacturing companies are the backbone of the U.S. economy. And post frame buildings are the backbone of their business. 

Heavy manufacturers are capital intensive, meaning their operation requires a lot of machinery to produce their products.

So, why are these businesses (e.g., oil and trucking) turning to post frame construction for their warehouse needs?

It circles back to the use of clear-span trusses and a wide array of dooring options. 

These building components, along with pole barn height, allow for a flawless flow of the following areas essential to their operation:

  • Trucks
  • Deliveries
  • Assembly lines
  • Large equipment
  • Industrial storage
  • Material handling

If your industrial business requires ample space and accessibility, then a commercial post frame building is the best route for you.


6) Municipalities 

FireStation-1When driving through a small town, you can’t help but notice the overwhelming sense of community.

People are walking in and out of downtown businesses. Children are running around the playground outside of their school. Annual festivals are taking place around the city hall or courthouse square. Fundraiser meals are benefitting public safety personnel (e.g., volunteer firefighters). 

What do all of these buildings have in common? They’re a place where the community can come together to enjoy and support one another. 

Is your community interested in building a new fire station, school, or government building

Make the right choice and spend your taxpayer dollars on a post frame building. Trust us; you won’t regret your decision.

Post frame construction is relatively inexpensive compared to other construction methods (e.g., stick-built or steel buildings) due to:

  • Reduced labor costs
  • Fewer materials needed for construction
  • Shorter time frames (from start to finish)
  • Minimized project delays

Building a municipality is a major responsibility. These public buildings represent your community. It’s why local officials are turning to post frame builders for a structure their citizens and passersby will appreciate.

Note: Your professional builder should have the resources to help you navigate the various steps of building a new pole barn. 

From consultation and design to engineering and construction, including their expertise in zoning, permitting, and financing. Their guidance or lack thereof can make or break your building project.


Which Commercial Post Frame Building Will You Choose?

As you can see, there are several types of commercial buildings that can meet your expectations and business’ needs. The design flexibility, durability, sustainability, and cost-savings that pole barn construction offers are second to none.

However, no one ever said that designing and developing a new commercial building will be easy. Those who take the time to familiarize themselves with the steps involved can have a memorable and rewarding experience. For more information, you can download our “Business Facility Guidebook: 7 Tips to Add Value to Your Building.”

Are you interested in seeing custom floor plans? Check out our large-scale commercial building portfolio. We included material specifications and involved parties, so you know what to expect from your building project.

Are you ready for a quote? Submit your building design, and a member of our sales team will give you a call to begin the estimate process.

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Have more questions about commercial buildings not covered in this article? Please contact FBi Buildings at 1.800.552.2981 or click here to email us. If you’re ready to get a price, click here to request a quote and a member of our sales team will call you.