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CHIEF Buildings designs and
manufactures buildings for
about 900 projects per year.
station at Martha's Vineyard Airport, Mass.
"That building was also complex, but in a
different way," Shelton says. "There were
eight separate buildings, as we designed it,
that fit together into one seamless structure."
Completed last year, the new two-story
building takes up roughly 15,000 square
feet and required about 128 tons of steel.
"We supplied all the metal framing, which
is not always common on projects like this,"
he adds. "Many times light gauge framing is
used for these feature laden designs, but it's
all framed by our steel package."
The building's second floor consists of
3,600 square feet of mezzanine. Although
the project required considerably less steel
than the hangars at the Colorado Springs
Airport, it was challenging in other ways.
"Since it's in New England, it had to have
a New England aesthetic," Shelton says.
"Exhibiting some obvious Arts and Crafts
(movement of 1880-1920) influence, it has
steep roofs, wood shingle siding, covered
patios, canopies and complex roof lines with
lots of hips, valleys and dormers."
Also, since the fire station is on an island, the project presented some logistical
challenges. It required that all equipment
and materials be shipped over water.
"Everything had to be ferried over,"
Shelton explains. "The machines, equipment, materials and even the crew. I would
say that project, based on complexity and
the job site location, provided some unique
challenges. Not every one of our builders
would tackle a job like that."
CHIEF Buildings relies on its builders to
be the direct link to its finished products.
The company has roughly 400 partnerships
with independent authorized builders
throughout the United States. For the
Martha's Vineyard project, CHIEF Buildings
relied on Hampton Falls, N.H.-based MMS
"We value our builder network and
that's probably why some of our Builders
have been with us since the beginning,"
"What separates us from the competition is
that we are a family-owned, privately held
company and yet we're big enough to be
among the top five metal building manufacturers in the U.S.," Shelton says. "Our
biggest competitors are publicly traded corporations with multiple competing brands.
We offer something different."
CHIEF Buildings is a division of Chief
Industries Inc., a multi-faceted company
with corporate offices in Grand Island, Neb.
Founded in 1954 as a small construction
company, it started manufacturing its own
buildings in 1966. We are still owned by the
As one of CHIEF Industries' largest
divisions, CHIEF Buildings' products include custom buildings, roof systems, wall
products and a variety of smart solutions.
For example, CHIEF Buildings offers an industry exclusive electro-coat primer system.
This state-of-the-art primer process protects
the structures from corrosion and abrasion
with unsurpassed coverage and durability.
When it comes to growth, the company
favors the organic method. "We don't plan
on growing just for the sake of gaining
market share," Shelton says. "We want to
grow in a controlled and stable way. We
will continue to provide a quality product
and exceptional service. We wouldn't want
to compromise on either of those, so we're
going to grow organically."
CHIEF Buildings is a proud member of the
Metal Building Manufacturers Association
(MBMA). In 2018, the company's president
and general manager, Dave Koubek, was selected to chair the MBMA's board of directors.
The company also is a member of the
Metal Building Contractors and Erectors
Association (MBCEA). "We worked closely
with the MBCEA to get them started down
a road towards a new universal accreditation program for builders," Shelton says.
"Only a few metal building contractors have
attained this accreditation so far, but the
[International Accreditation Service] AC478
program will help raise the bar for the putin-place quality within our industry."
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