Julie graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications Design. From a young age Julie has always had an interest in art that later turned into career in brand development for various companies throughout the Northwest Indiana area. Julie joined the FBi marketing team in 2021 as a Marketing Content Creator. You might get a phone call from her to schedule a visit to your FBi building so she can take pictures for our website or you might get a brochure she design from one our FBi sales reps. One way or another Julie loves to help the marketing team in any way she can. In her free time, Julie enjoys walking her dog and spending time with friends and family.
We get it. Words like “inflation" and “recession” have you nervous. You start asking questions like:
Are we spending money appropriately?
Are we saving where we can?
How can we work smarter and not harder?
Right now, everyone’s primary focus is saving money. Makes us think of Benjamin Franklin’s famous phrase, “a penny saved is a penny earned.”
Here’s the catch - time is money. Life is short, and you shouldn’t have to wait to build that post-frame home you’ve been dreaming of. What about that new tractor you've been eyeing, but you don't have enough space in your barn? Or maybe your small business has outgrown the building, and you finally feel ready to start a conversation about a new building. That’s where we come in!
Once you start working with an FBi Project Sales Consultant, you’ll feel a connection right away. They will bring clarity to your dreams by reviewing topics like how you want to use the building, your likes and dislikes, and where you see yourself in 10 years. Then you’ll dig deeper into the details regarding location, finances, and budget.
Asking all your questions early in the design process will help your sales consultant create a strategic design that fits your needs. We promise that the more you share in the beginning, the more you will save on your building design in the long run.
Pro tips from a 30+ year post-frame expert!
But how does a strong start save you money? Good communication, in the beginning, helps you avoid change orders during the building process. Change orders will always cost the customer more money with new materials being purchased, labor, and a delay in the schedule.
Your sales consultant will take the time to walk through all the details, some examples are:
Ensuring accurate building colors
Correct door placement
Correct natural lighting needs
Condensation control options
Another perk when working with FBi Buildings is access to our in-house permitting department. Our team is familiar with your state and county restrictions and permitting costs. So not only can we help you design your building to keep your permitting costs down, and we can also apply for the building permit on your behalf. Which will help put your project on the fast track!
The best part of working with FBi Buildings is our 60+ years of experience. Our team has seen it all! The good, the bad, and the ugly, and we won’t hesitate to share it with you. Having sound advice early in the design process will help you love your building for years to come and avoid the need for renovations. Visit our Learning Center to review helpful articles about building design and more!
2. Unmatched Quality
Invest in a good quality product, and it will last forever. Well, we can’t express enough how much time and energy FBi has invested into the quality of our buildings. From the construction process to building materials to the crews on-site and the leadership team keeping us on track. FBi has always put quality first!
FBi Buildings set the quality bar pretty high after the launch of our QLYFT system. Eliminating the risk factor of working in heights allows the crew to focus on quality. Crews can build features like gutters and overhangs on the ground, which reduces material damages, leaks, and repair work during and after construction.
We are constantly looking for new ways to be innovative and improve our quality. From being the first construction company to use square columns vs. round columns in 1958. To 2020 when we were the first to use screws instead of nails for purlin-to-truss connection. And we will continue to innovate in the years to come.
Another way we like to ensure quality is by manufacturing our own columns and trusses. We're lucky to say that our business has grown so much that we are actually in the process of building a new, much larger plant. This will help us keep up with the growing demand in the post-frame industry. With the added confidence that our columns trusses are built in-house and stand up to our construction standards.
The quality of our workmanship and the materials we use speak to the core values of our business. "Finding a better way" are words we live by at FBi. We're constantly pushing to develop better methods that result in a stronger and better building.
So how do quality materials and workmanship save you money? By using these materials we can ensure that the longevity of your building will be great, and you'll have less need for renovations down the road. Not to mention the decreased utility bills, which we address a little further down the article.
The people who work for FBi are what allows us to say our quality is second to none. From the internal processes to the crews in the field, FBi Buildings runs like a well-oiled machine. We are focused on our employees building a better life for themselves, both in the workplace and at home. When our employees are proud to be working for FBi Buildings, it’s reflected in the quality of their work. Ultimately, keeping the FBi machine running strong!
3. The Future is Bright!
Once your building is done, it’s time to enjoy it! You can have peace of mind knowing that the building was built to last and designed to lower utility costs by maximizing energy efficiency.
Save Money on Utility Bills
You read that right; post-frame buildings are more energy efficient than stud-wall or steel-framed buildings. The basic skeleton of the building allows for continuous insulation, which leads to better control of heating and cooling. The roof and attic contribute by providing proper ventilation and releasing absorbed heat. These pole barn features play a significant role in keeping your utility bills low.
Save Money on Repairs
Our building materials are of the highest quality, resulting in a more substantial and long-lasting building. But, of course, anything is possible, and you might need some warranty work someday. FBi’s warranty program can’t be beaten! Here is the basic breakdown:
Columns - Lifetime warranty for agriculture, suburban, and equine buildings. Commercial buildings are limited to 40 years.
For more warranty details, please click here. Thanks to the robust warranty program, if you need repair work done there is a good chance that it will be covered under warranty.
Time is money, so quit wasting it!
The truth is that we don’t know what the future holds. If there were crystal balls for sale on Amazon, we would be the first to buy out their inventory! The term “let’s wait and see…” can end up costing you more than just money. Days go by faster and faster, and you don’t want to be that person who has regrets because they waited.
You’ve worked hard, and you deserve a building done right. FBi Buildings wants you to know that you can build with confidence.
While the cost of your pole barn might seem high initially, working with FBi is worth the money. Your project timeline will stay on track, your budget will be respected, and the quality will last a lifetime.