SIP Farm Multi Shop Cottonwood MN

Location: Cottonwood, MN

Project Information

Project Type: Agricultural
Manufacturer: Extreme Panel Technologies
Builder: Gilfer Construction
Design Professional: Extreme Panel Technologies
Year Built: 2023


High Performance: No
HERS/EUI Index Score:
ACH50 - Blower Test Results:
CO2 lbs./sq.ft./year:

Awards/Certifications: Building Excellence Awards

BEA: 2024 Building Excellence Award - Classic Runner Up

Describe the end use of the building:
The Neuman Farm Shop serves as a versatile and vital asset for farm operations. Its primary end use is to support various agricultural activities critical to the Neuman Farm. This multifunctional facility is designed to facilitate a range of farm-related operations, including equipment storage, maintenance, and repair. It also provides a convenient workspace for farmers, enabling them to plan, organize, and manage their daily tasks efficiently. Additionally, the building offers storage space for essential agricultural supplies, such as tools, feed, and equipment. With its flexible and adaptable design, the Neuman Farm Shop enhances the overall productivity and functionality of the farm, ensuring that it can effectively meet the evolving needs of modern agricultural practices.

How did SIP construction help you get this job?
SIP construction played a pivotal role in winning the Neuman Farm Shop project due to two significant advantages it offered. Firstly, the utilization of SIPs allowed us to incorporate impressive vaulted ceilings, which not only enhanced the building's visual appeal but also created a more spacious and open interior. This unique design feature set our proposal apart from other construction methods and resonated with the client's vision for the project.

Secondly, SIP construction proved highly advantageous in maintaining controlled temperatures within the farm shop. Given the diverse range of agricultural activities conducted in the facility, including equipment storage and workspace functionality, a consistent and comfortable temperature environment was essential. SIPs' superior insulation properties ensured energy efficiency while providing the desired temperature stability year-round. This feature aligned perfectly with the client's requirements and was a compelling selling point that demonstrated our commitment to delivering functional, energy-efficient, and aesthetically pleasing agricultural structures.

SIP wall thickness: 8 ¼”
SIP roof thickness: 8 ¼”

Describe the benefits of using SIPs on this project. Did SIPs help save time, labor, construction costs, or energy?
The implementation of SIPs on this project delivered notable advantages, most notably in terms of time efficiency. SIPs streamlined the construction process and resulted in significant time savings, totaling over a month. This accelerated timeline not only allowed for the project to be completed more quickly but also contributed to reduced labor costs and minimized construction-related expenses. In essence, the use of SIPs proved to be a cost-effective and time-saving choice, aligning perfectly with our project goals.

Describe any innovative design elements or structural engineering involved:
Innovative design elements and structural engineering were integral to the success of this project. One noteworthy feature was the strategic placement of Starwood Rafters, spaced 8' on center. This innovative approach created a vaulted insulated roof, enhancing both the structural integrity and energy efficiency of the building. This design element not only added a visually appealing aspect but also contributed to the overall functionality and sustainability of the Neuman Farm Shop.

The HVAC system employed in the Neuman Farm Shop project was a combination of in-floor heating and mini-split systems. This approach ensured efficient temperature control and climate management within the facility, providing a comfortable and adaptable environment for various agricultural activities and the overall functionality of the building.

Please list any energy-efficient products or design features, such as lighting, hot water heating, appliances, passive solar
All LED lighting throughout.

Any additional comments on the project:
Notably, the peak height of this building exceeds 32 feet. This design feature allows our customers the convenient ability to access and work on equipment by safely climbing atop it, facilitating maintenance and repair tasks efficiently.


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