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The 4 Process Steps of Post Frame Construction


The-4-Process-Steps-of-Post-Frame-Construction of an Equestrian Center

Post frame construction is quickly becoming the preferred construction technique for a broad range of applications. Built for versatility, durability, and economy, post frame buildings provide many benefits over traditional structures. Let’s review the 4 process steps of post frame construction.

Modern post frame construction methods and materials are ideal for industrial, retail, municipal, agricultural, and suburban structures.

All post frame construction projects require four process steps from the initial brainstorming session to the final walk-through.

Steps of Post Frame Construction

1. Planning and Processing

Suppose you have decided to build a new equestrian center. You want plenty of stables, wide aisles, a tack room, and perhaps an indoor riding area and an office. Post frame construction is perfect for this, as this method allows for large unobstructed spaces. Post frame buildings also provide plenty of ventilation, ample lighting, dust control, and more.

During the preliminary phase, you will meet with a Project Manager from your preferred post frame construction company. This expert will help create an initial plan that incorporates all your needs and expectations. They will also propose a potential work schedule, and outline the estimated cost and payment schedules.

Additionally, your Project Manager can help you:

  • Target a start date
  • Make adjustments to the specifications
  • Finalize a design
  • Begin the permit process
  • Create and review a final contract

During this phase, you should work on financing, if it is needed.

Finally, the post frame company will complete a design for your approval that will be sufficient for applying for the building permit.

Site preparation may begin at this point. Which, with post frame construction, usually means clearing and leveling the proposed construction footprint.

2. Permitting and Scheduling

You will submit your plan and design to your local governing body, either the city or county department, for permission to proceed. The agency will review your plan for compliance with the local ordinances and zoning requirements. If your project is approved, they will issue your building permit.

Next, you will share the building permit number and financing status with your post frame construction company to begin the project by:

  • Inspecting the site and making final preparations and floor elevations
  • Creating the final construction drawings
  • Scheduling work phases
  • Ordering all building materials according to the plan

3. Target Start-Up

The start of construction will depend on the delivery time of construction materials and crew availability. With years of experience in designing and building post frame structures, companies like Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings can project and maintain schedules efficiently.

A final inspection and adjustments to the site preparation will be conducted. However, the contractor may make a few changes to accommodate drainage and other potential trouble spots.

Once the building materials arrive at the construction site, the crew will inspect them. Therefore, this ensure that the construction phase may run without delays.


The-4-Process-Steps-of-Post-Frame-Construction Tack Room

4. Construction Process

With the site prepared and all necessary materials on hand, the project foreman and crew can begin to build your equestrian center.

Because of the simplicity of the design and the convenient availability of pre-measured materials, the construction phase for post frame buildings moves quickly. The post frame building process relies on sturdy, deeply embedded vertical posts for structural integrity. This eliminates the time-consuming framing and foundation pouring that conventional wooden structures require.

In many instances, post frame buildings require less construction time compared to other building methods.

The final step of post frame construction will be your walk-through. Together with the construction supervisor or your project manager,  to view your beautiful new post frame building.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Having four decades of proven experience, family-owned Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings is a leader and innovator in post frame construction. From their headquarters in North Webster, Indiana, Pacemaker is the premier post frame designer, manufacturer, and builder for clients throughout Northern Indiana, Northwest Ohio, and Southern Michigan.

Visit the Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings website to learn about the company and view some of their recent projects shown in their Gallery.

If you are looking to build a new barn, school, firehouse, warehouse, or residence, contact Pacemaker for a no-obligation consultation at 1-888-834-4448.

What is Post Frame Construction?

What-is-Post-Frame-ConstructionPost frame buildings are durable, economical solutions for just about any application. As the sophistication of materials and techniques have evolved, post frame construction has expanded. Post frame buildings are no longer just for agricultural purposes like barns and equestrian buildings. Now they are a viable option for municipal buildings, retail establishments, warehouses, schools, churches, and even private residences.

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Post Frame vs. Other Building Methods


Post frame construction has become a popular and practical solution for nearly every type of building. No longer just limited to agricultural solutions, post frame structures are popping up in urban settings such as retail and commercial buildings, firehouses, schools, churches, showrooms, and even residences. There are several advantages of post frame vs other building methods.

This innovative construction approach offers many advantages over conventional types of building.

Why are Post Frame Building Methods Preferred?

The unique framing method of a post frame building is the principal difference from the standard “stick frame” construction method. By using sturdy treated laminated wood columns that are securely anchored at least four feet below ground level, post frame methods and materials meet all UBC and IBC codes for strength and durability.

Main advantages of Post Frame Construction vs Other Building Methods

Unobstructed Space

Because post frame buildings demand no load-bearing interior walls and supports, the entire interior is a large, open space with high ceilings. This kind of space is perfect for maneuvering large vehicles, handling horses and other livestock, storage and warehousing, retail space, schools, churches, and more. The possibilities are endless.

Municipalities often use post frame structures for fire stations and winter equipment storage facilities.

Strength and Durability

Securely anchored a minimum of four feet below ground level, the vertical post components can redirect severe wind forces directly into the earth below. This action has allowed many post frame structures to weather extreme winds. In contrast to nearby conventionally built structures incurring severe damage.


More efficient use of materials and labor, often allow a shorter time frame from start to finish. Therefore, site prep is substantially less extensive, requiring only that the footprint be level with some sloping away from the perimeter to allow for drainage. The entire skeleton, including the trusses and support members, can be prefabricated and delivered to the site as needed.


The interior arrangement of post frame buildings is not restricted by load-bearing walls and columns. This can be beneficial for growing businesses and schools when they need to be able to rearrange offices and classrooms.

For warehouses and manufacturing, post frame buildings allow for easy expansion. Add and access new wing additions due to the broad spacing of the support columns. Adding to a conventional building is often more complex and requires special design and engineering.


A modern post frame building can take on many preferred appearances, whether it is a unique style or to complement surrounding buildings. With brick wainscoting, wood or metal siding, stonework, or stucco, there are no limits to the exterior appearance. Furthermore, there is always the option to add alcoves, dormers, overhangs, and just about any other architectural feature to a post frame building.

Sustainable and Energy Efficient

Wood is a renewable resource, requiring less energy to source and produce than other building materials. Additionally, nearly all other components of a post frame building can be from recycled material.

As noted, building a post frame structure requires less energy than other construction methods.

For more efficient heating and cooling, post frame buildings are superior. Due to the wide spacing of the vertical wooden columns allows for insulation to be more uniformly installed, thereby reducing the loss of energy.

Meet with Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

We have worked strictly with post frame construction for over four decades. Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings has become an industry leader in design, material supply, and construction for modern post frame buildings. Pacemaker, headquartered in North Webster, Indiana is the premier post frame company for Northern Indiana, Northwest Ohio, and Southwest Michigan.  By visiting the Pacemaker Gallery, you can view some of the remarkable projects that Pacemaker has completed.

For more information regarding new, practical post frame buildings, contact Pacemaker at +1-574-834-4448 or toll-free at +1-888-834-4448.