MODEL FARM SHOP
Welcome to the model farm shop Morton Buildings erected at the Decatur, Ill., Farm Progress Show site. Visitors toured it for the first time during this year’s show.
This portion of the shop was finished with Morton Buildings’ Energy Performer insulation package. It’s lined with acoustical steel at the top to help deaden sound. This end features a 20-foot-wide, 14-foot-high overhead door. This large door would likely be an equipment entrance. Hydraulic power lifts are available for larger doors.
One half of the model shop was left open as it might be if you chose to use the building for cold storage. Note the trusses and construction pattern. The roof features a condensation liner rolled onto the steel. Lisa Bocklage, Morton marketing manager, says it helps decrease condensation on days that experience big weather changes.
POST DESIGN AND SUPPORT
This photo illustrates the Morton Buildings foundation system used for this shop. Each three-member wood support column is anchored to a precast concrete column placed below the ground, supporting the wood column.
Here’s a new feature incorporated into the building. Note the concrete strip with the board above it in this display. The concrete strip is a splashboard that protects the wood. Thanks to the splashboard and precast concrete column, no structural wood touches the ground.
SPLASHBOARD IN PLACE
Here’s what the concrete splashboard looks like in actual construction, viewed from the outside of the building. The shop was finished with a new color in the Morton lineup called Weathered Gray.
SEE BEHIND THE WALL
You don’t get this view every day. This cutaway section lets you see the blanket insulation used on the Energy Performer end of the building. Insulation used in the building provides R-38 insulation value or better. Note the vapor barrier on the inside between the insulation and interior steel.
This shop features a walk-in door in addition to two overhead doors. Besides the tall overhead door pictured earlier, there is a narrower 10-foot-tall door on the side of the building. It’s intended for driving in a pickup or utility tractor, so you can save energy by not opening the large overhead door.