New Structural Designs Provide Added Strength and Expanded Building Sizes to Meet Growing Agricultural Needs.
Morton Buildings debuted its latest advances in building structures to the agricultural industry at the 2013 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., Aug. 27-29.  These expanded offerings include Morton’s industry-leading new foundation system and enhanced hybrid building structure.

Morton Building’s new concrete foundation system eliminates wood in the ground and utilizes specifically designed components and precast concrete columns to provide superior strength and increased durability in all climate conditions.  “Our new precast concrete columns are specifically designed by our company and for all our buildings,” says Brian Haraf, Morton Buildings marketing manager.          

Morton’s proprietary concrete mix uses the latest technology in concrete. This formula uses ingredients to create a concrete that inhibits steel rebar corrosion, withstands shock, increases durability to freeze and thaw and gives an attractive, smooth concrete finish with a 10,000 psi compressive strength. “Our concrete strength is 2.5 times greater than a typical concrete foundation wall and footing system,” Haraf explains. “Some of the tallest buildings in the world use similar high-performance concrete to achieve heights that only this type of concrete can support.”        

In addition to the concrete columns, the new foundation system leverages additional components for added strength and stability. These include internal, threaded-adjustment brackets providing a level framing point and anchoring the building against wind uplift; stainless splashboard brackets with superior corrosion resistance to the elements; and internal column connectors, custom-designed to connect to Morton’s custom-tailored, laminated wood columns and provide a rigid structural connection.   

Joining the new concrete foundation system debut at the Farm Progress Show was Morton Building’s hybrid building structure. “We are excited to provide these new building offerings to the agricultural industry,” says Haraf. “The needs for this market continue to evolve as farming operations expand.  The size and quantity of machines these farm operations utilize continue to grow.  Building structures need to advance to accommodate these industry trends, and that’s where our hybrid building structure is a perfect solution.

Haraf states the hybrid building combines the superior insulating properties, aesthetics and affordability of a wood frame building with the strength and size capabilities of steel. The steel trusses in the Morton hybrid buildings allow for greater door clearance, giving owners the ability to use bigger doors with shorter walls, allowing for a lower profile building. The hybrid building also provides for more interior space.    

Allowing for a clear-span building up to 150 feet, owners of the hybrid building structure can experience 33 percent more space and additional interior clearance compared to traditional wood-frame construction. “The flexibility, efficiency and strength of a Morton hybrid building make it the perfect building for farming operations, riding arenas and commercial warehouses,” Haraf adds.