Innovations in construction materials and techniques are resulting in stronger structures that can stand the test of time. For farmers, that can mean a more dependable infrastructure and lower cost of ownership in the long run.
Morton Buildings, for example, researched and developed a specially engineered foundation system, standard with its post-frame buildings, that utilizes below-ground concrete columns instead of traditional columns made from wood.
“Concrete is a permanent solution and can be used in all climate conditions for a variety of building uses,” says Dan Nyberg, Morton training manager. “Our foundation system is 2½ times stronger than standard concrete, which ensures that the building’s foundation will remain strong. And unlike wood, there is no need to pre-treat it, so it provides an environmentally- friendly option.”
Nyberg explains that the advanced system utilizes above-ground laminated wood columns that are connected with the below-ground concrete columns, cast in place, to provide a rigid structural foundation equal to 10,000 psi compressive strength. The laminated No. 1 Southern Yellow Pine columns are hydraulically compressed during lamination, providing more strength than solid posts.
An internally threaded bracket is used to set all the foundation columns to the same height during construction, which allows the upper column to be manufactured specifically to the project as well as to provide an aesthetically pleasing interior look. “The concrete formula also inhibits steel rebar corrosion, withstands shock and increases protection from freeze and thaw cycles,” Nyberg says.
Additionally, the Morton Foundation System maintains the flexibility of post-frame construction to have concrete columns in the ground when planning for a cold storage building with an unfinished floor, or the option to add a concrete floor at a later time.
Other benefits include:
- Won’t decay or rot.
- No leaching of preservative into ground or ground water.
- Protects against termites.
- Fewer repairs needed.
- Anchors building against wind uplift.
- Safe and strong in all weather conditions.
For additional information about the Morton Foundation System, click here.