Our Building Process

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To help you understand what to expect during construction and make sure your project goes smoothly, we recommend that you read over our building process. Click the links below to jump straight to a topic.


The 4 Phases to Success

Once you’ve landed on a design for your building working with our Project Sales Consultants and design team, the process of construction can begin. Communication is key to a successful project. There are 4 phases to construction once you’ve settled on design.

Processing Phase

In this phase, the key objective is completing documentation of your project, making sure we’ve dotted all the i’s and crossed the t’s. You’ll also be introduced to the Construction Coordinator for your project in this phase. Your Construction Coordinator will walk you through site preparation, permitting, financing, and start time, and will review the contract with you and get any pending details.

Permitting Phase

During this time, you will receive the construction set of drawings to review and approve. Simultaneously, you should be working with an excavator to get your site prepared. Make sure you don’t need to obtain a building permit before site preparation begins. Your Construction Coordinator will be in touch to check progress and update you on the schedule.

Pre-Mobilization Phase

At this point, we will inspect the site and make sure it’s ready for construction. Your local FBi Buildings crew will be scheduled, and all the materials will be ordered. Any change orders at this point will likely cause delays and fees.

Construction Phase

Your Crew Foreman will be visiting the site and introducing himself while confirming building location and finished floor elevation. He’ll walk through the construction drawings & prints one last time with you and then construction will begin! Once construction has been completed, your project won’t close out until you’ve walked through the building with your Foreman to make sure everything is the way you wanted it. Once you are satisfied with the work, you’ll be contacted by your Project Sales Consultant and will be asked to give feedback on your experience.


Getting a Building Permit

When beginning a building project, many people think that obtaining a building permit is one of the last steps to take just before construction begins. Getting a building permit may seem straightforward, but the fact is that the requirements that need to be met are unique to the governing body issuing permits in your area. Even more specifically, each plot of land is different from the next, and regulations evolve over time. It’s not safe to assume that just because your building is similar to a neighbor’s you will have no issues getting your building permit. Even with agricultural projects, it’s key to learn what the requirements for a permit are before going too far down the path towards construction to minimize delays and frustrations.

How do I find the information I need?

Reach out to your local municipal or county building department to ask the following questions:

  1. Who has the authority to issue permits in my area (city or county)?
  2. What are the exact requirements & information I need to apply for a permit (applications, site plans, construction prints, land descriptions, contractors used, etc.)?
  3. Approximately how long will it take from application to approval?

The answers to these questions will help you avoid unwanted delays.


Can my builder help me?

Yes! FBi Buildings has helped customers apply for thousands of permits over the last 50+ years. Our Project Sales Consultants can help walk you through the whole process and navigate the challenges.

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Build on a Firm Foundation

Investing in proper site preparation can reduce the total project costs and get you the building you expect—on time. While it may seem to cost more up front to accomplish proper site prep for your building project, doing so will prevent headaches and ultimately save you money! Ensuring the site is prepared before our professional crew arrives will help maximize your building objectives, from exterior site flow to interior building layout. Proper site prep will also increase the lifetime of your building by minimizing the amount of moisture in your building after construction, reducing maintenance and energy needs.


5 Basic Steps to Ensure Proper Site Preparation

There are many factors in making sure your building site is ready for construction to begin while also ensuring your building is the best it can be from day one. Here are five basic steps that will help you get started.

  1. Remove all humus and sod (any organic material will decompose and cause your foundation to settle and crack).
  2. Excavate to remove high spots if needed.
  3. Add ditches, swales or a pond if needed to minimize standing water near your building.
  4. If fill is needed, apply one layer at a time while compacting to ensure a non-settling crowned or level surface.
  5. A layer of coarse stone above the soil base will reduce capillary action, reducing the amount of water vapor entering your building and preventing condensation issues.

What else can I do?

You can’t start thinking about site preparation too early in your building project. Talking to an excavator early in the process can help. Our team at FBi Buildings has over 60 years of experience walking our customers through this process. One of our Project Sales Consultants would be happy to help you through the best practices developed at FBi Buildings and recommend an excavator experienced with post-frame buildings in your area to work with.

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Getting the Right Price for the Right Building

Often, the question in a post frame buildbuilding process, pole building prices, pole barns indiana prices, pole barn sizes and prices, Project Managers at FBi Buildingsing project is “What is this going to cost?” Does your budget allow for your dream building or will you need to scale back? Your builder can help you get the information you need, but it’s important to be clear about what stage your project is in, and whether you are looking for a ballpark range to get an idea of the overall cost or for specific pricing on your dream building.

It’s important to remember that a rough estimate is going to be just that: rough. To get you a firm price, your Project Sales Consultant will need specific details on your project, including the features you would like. Pricing is often an iterative process, where you start with loosely defined specs and eventually arrive at an acceptable convergence of size, aesthetics, functionality & price.

What factors go into the total project cost?

Our team handles the building shell, but make sure that you are budgeting for the other factors in your post-frame project as well. You don’t want any surprise costs in your project. Our experience building over 20,000 post-frame buildings has taught us that talking to an excavator early in the process is key. Preparing your site for construction is often an overlooked cost and can lead to delays if not done promptly and properly. Other common costs that our team can help you estimate are:

  • Permit fees
  • Building pad
  • Finish grading
  • Building shell
  • Builder’s risk insurance
  • Interior build-out
  • Paving
  • Landscaping


What about the unknowns?

There are some things that just can’t be planned out. It’s best practice to include 5-10% contingency of the total budget to make sure you can cover the unexpected costs that may pop up in your project. Many times, these unexpected costs are due to change orders, incorrect estimates or building inspectors requiring rework. Planning for the unknowns will help you stay in control and get the building you expect!


They’re on Your Team

No team would be complete without our Project Managers. These highly experienced professionals are your point of contact through the pre-construction phase of your building project. They have the extensive experience in construction and project management needed to keep your job on schedule and moving smoothly.


What does my Project Manager do?

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Your Project Manager is responsible for managing the internal FBi Buildings employees working to build your pole barn. They will facilitate any change orders to your original contract, and your Project Manager is also responsible for getting your local FBi Buildings crew scheduled and for communicating the schedule to you.

In the construction phase, they will finalize the drawings with you, order materials, and finally dispatch equipment and crews. While our Project Management team works out of our office in Remington, they are highly responsive and will respond to any needs you may have.


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