vanscottbuilders Posted April 4, 2008 Share Posted April 4, 2008 This may seem odd, given that I am in the building business - but,Does anyone have an opinion on what might make the best work shop building?Some of you may know that we currently rent a pretty large shop area from a good friend of ours in an industrial complex.It's been a great convenience for us. Close to home, well lit, warm and with plenty of space for our large stationary bridge crane which allows easy heavy lifts. We keep all of the trailers and "future" projects in a gravel quarry a very short distance away.Anyway, we are losing the shop space soon to a business that is expanding within the facility. A temporary solution is available to us in the same complex for about six months, but the handwriting is on the wall. We would like to buy a piece of land and build a large shop for ourselves. It would be much more efficient for the truck operations if all of the trailers and assorted equipment could move with us to one central facility. The land options actually appear to be pretty plentiful.The question is - if we were to think about a building approximately 48' to 60' wide and 80' to 100' long with a 20' ceiling height, which would make the best material choice - a steel sided wood pole structure, a completely steel structure, or a fabric covered steel truss building with rigid end panels? In all cases, we want to be able to insulate and heat the building.The fabric covered building is a new idea. It sure does have some advantages. But I am really curious as to the disadvantages, if any. We are in an Upstate New York snow belt area, so the load ratings of any building concern me.I have priced both the wood and steel structures, and there is not much difference between the two.Any feedback would be appreciated.Thanks,Paul Van Scott Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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