Post-frame building handbook: materials, design considerations, construction procedures (NRAES 1)
Carson, J. M.; Dougherty, M.
Post-frame utility buildings, formerly called "pole barns," are versatile and economical structures. They can be appropriate for storing machinery or housing livestock. Other uses include residential and commercial buildings, boat sheds, fair exhibit buildings, corn cribs, horizontal silos, hay barns, shops, utility sheds, covered feed bunks, lumber sheds, warehouses, roadside stands, cabins, and airplane hangars. This handbook will help you understand design considerations involved in the construction of a post-frame building. In some cases, particularly in rural areas where professional design help is not readily available, the information in this handbook may be used to complete the preliminary design of an agricultural building, storage shed, or other uninhabited structure.
This 78 page publication (NRAES-1, revised) was originally published by the Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service (NRAES, later known as the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service), a multi-university program in the Northeast US disbanded in 2011. Plant and Life Sciences Publishing (PALS) was subsequently formed to manage the NRAES catalog. Ceasing operations in 2018, PALS was a program of the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University. PALS assisted university faculty in publishing, marketing and distributing books for small farmers, gardeners, land owners, workshops, college courses, and consumers.
Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service (NRAES)
Farm Buildings; Wood Frame Buildings; Farm Construction; Design and Construction
Previously Published As
Carson, J. M.. and Dougherty, M. (1997). Post-frame building handbook: materials, design considerations, construction procedures. (J. M. Carson & M. Dougherty, Eds.) (1997 Rev.). Ithaca, NY: NRAES.