How do Butler buildings stack up?

When you’ve been in business for over a century, you’ve got to be doing something right. And Butler buildings are well past that landmark. Providing solid multi-use construction since 1901, Butler Manufacturing has erected countless structures for a wide range of industries and applications throughout the world.

Their largest business share is centered in the United States and Canada, with agricultural structures, business complexes and sporting venues extensively dotting the landscapes of both countries. Specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of metal building systems for commercial construction, the company sells its products primarily through independent dealers and offers a high degree of customization for buildings that range from one to eight stories tall.

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A Few Examples of Butler Buildings

Steel buildings are sought after for their renowned tensile strength, especially in locales with extreme weather and other environmental or geographical threats, including hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes. Forging an unshakable skeletal backbone for office buildings, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, schools, shopping malls and a host of agricultural applications, Butler buildings have proven to stand up to even the harshest conditions through advanced engineering and proprietary designs.

Some of their most notable constructions include:

Heartland/Sharpe Land and Cattle Dairy – Located in Bethel, Mo., the Heartland/Sharpe Dairy is a 440,000 square foot facility that houses over 4,500 milking cows. Engineered with Butler Buildings’ Widespan system, the structure uses clear span framing to achieve maximum usability of space, a design that allows farmers to milk over 350 cows per hour and produce 24,000 gallons of milk per day. In addition, a combination of roofing products were used in the construction, including the Butlerib II and VSR, providing a combination of weatherproof shelter and attractive architectural design.

Pioneer Hi-Bred – Many Butler buildings are located internationally. The Pioneer Hi-Bred agricultural center is located in Szarvas, Hungary. The installation extends over 220,000 square feet and is constructed using Butler’s popular Widespan construction, an option that enables the maximum use of interior space within a structure through an advanced placement of load-bearing support. The Pioneer Hi-Bred facility also features the innovative MR-24 roofing system, a product that’s designed to expand and contract with daily and seasonal temperature changes, making it ideal for extreme climates. Without this added level of design, metal roofing fasteners may loosen on metal roofs, and cracks, blisters, and splits may appear due to extreme climatic shifts.

American Royal Exhibition Hall & Arena – Butler Buildings designed the American Royal Arena for corporate conferences, industry trade shows and entertainment. The building is a 282,000-square-foot facility located in Kansas City. Noted for its usability as an agricultural event venue, the facility features Butler’s conventional steel framing as well as the MR-24 roofing to ensure safety and stability in extreme climates. Also notable is the use of Butler’s Shadowall system, a style of wall that promotes energy efficiency and requires 33 percent fewer fasteners than other walls, a benefit that not only saves in installation costs but also promotes a reduction in heat loss.

How Much Do Butler Buildings Cost?

Although most private venues decline to mention the value of their facilities, the American Royal Exhibition Hall and Arena has a reported price tag that ranges between $20-40 million, depending on whether you factor in original construction and renovation.

When you compare metal buildings, it’s important to know that the style of your building and intended use will impact the cost. And though Butler Buildings does not provide construction rates publicly – possibly due to the wide range of variance involved as well as the continuously-shifting cost of steel – the general rule says: the larger the building, the less it costs per square foot.

So for example, a large 80X100 no-frills building could be erected for as low as $20 per square foot in contrast to a smaller 30X40 building that may average $30 per square foot. It’s worth noting that, similar to the cost of lumber, the cost of steel is continuously fluctuating, causing higher construction costs during certain time periods. In addition, accessories, delivery costs and labor often boost the total cost, with labor running from $10 per square foot (and up) depending on your location.