Agricultural

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We do various lines of work in our agricultural sector. We have done a number of jobs for farmers locally as well as a few abroad. In the course of working in agricultural construction, the work usually follows established paths. Alan takes care of the paperwork, and is initially the main contact.  Rudolf works with concrete where a grade beam or other concrete foundation is required. Adolf works on framing the buildings, erecting the pole sheds, as well as erecting the steel structures. Eric takes care of the exterior, like putting on the sheet metal and all other particulars that come with it. Henry insures we are all supplied with the additional materials we need throughout the job.

Concrete

Foundations

For a building foundation where a concrete foundation is necessary,  we are equipped and experienced to construct a grade beam or a spread footing foundation. We usually supply our own rebar, and install it ourselves.

Flatwork

On agricultural projects we do our own prep work for the slab. We supply, level out, and compact the desired base: typically a form of aggregate.  As with the foundation walls, we supply our own rebar for the slab.

We do all the prep work for a slab up to the point of plumbing, for which we subcontract a plumber.

Unlike with our Commercial sector, we do install hydronic radiant in-floor heat for our agricultural projects. This involves spreading out poly across the prepped base. The  poly acts as a vapour barrier. Sheets of insulation are spread out on top of the poly. Depending on the type of insulation used the insulation can act as the vapour barrier. The tubing to conduct the heated fluid is installed on top of the sheets of insulation. Reinforcement bar are put over the installed tubing, or alternately, the tubing is laid out on top of the rebar and fastened to it.

We have all the equipment we need to place bigger shop floors.   We own the concrete tools we need to get the job done as well and efficiently as possible.  We have our own powered laser screed and powered laser rake to make the pour more efficient, and place an even slab.

For finishing we have four ride on power trowels we typically use, and another one for backup. We have a few different walk behind power trowels and two edgers.

We own a walk behind soft cut concrete saw and under ideal conditions can cut lines into your floor on the same day as the pour. We also own a walk behind concrete saw for concrete that is not as green.

Wood Structures

We have two types of wood structures that we work with. One is the stick framed structure, the other a pole shed. The stick framed structure is constructed on a concrete foundation either the grade beam or spread footing foundation. We recommend this kind of structure if you want a heated shop/building. The pole shed is a lot simpler to construct it does not require a foundation. Holes are drilled in the ground into which the poles of the building are set. Concrete is poured into the base stabilizing the poles. The set poles are the main vertical framing element in a pole shed. They bear the load of the entire structure, a function reserved for the foundation in a stick framed construction. Girders are fastened to the poles providing support for the rest of the building materials like sheathing, siding, insulation etc. The girders transfer the load to the poles.  The roof trusses of a pole shed are the main building element that holds the structure together. This type of structure is ideal for, say a hay storage or cold storage. It is not as efficient to use it for a heated structure.

 

Steel Structures

We have done a few steel structures in our agricultural sector. An example is provided above.  The dynamics for constructing steel structures is a welcome change and we are up to the challenge.

Other

We have done other forms of construction in our agricultural sector such as bin pads, feeding troughs for dairy farmers, loading docks, etc. if you have a particular project in mind that is not covered here or have any other questions feel free to contact Alan within the office hours. You will find his contact information posted bellow.