Varco Pruden Buildings – Delivering Long-Term Value to Farmers

Published on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:23am

For more than 60 years, agricultural business owners, ranchers, farmers, facilities managers and construction specifiers have relied on Varco Pruden (VP) Buildings to provide effective and affordable building solutions.Agriculture has been one of the company’s key market categories since its inception. VP Buildings provides steel building solutions for all types of agricultural facilities. From barns and equipment buildings to animal breeding buildings and hay storage facilities, VP Builders are well equipped to provide design and construction solutions for agricultural structures.
The newly constructed Judge William P. Clark Livestock Center is a perfect example of VP builders’ agricultural work. Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, in California, the 40,950 square foot center was built to replace the old structures, which were damaged by years of salt sea air.Dedicated to Ventura County’s livestock community in the name of Judge William P. Clark, a great cattleman and rancher whose family was among the pioneers who built Ventura County, the center houses and cares for privately owned horses, goats, pigs, sheep, steer and poultry.
The new livestock center accommodates approximately 500 animals during the Ventura County Fair. The center adds a country look to the fairgrounds and offers exhibitors the facilities they need to present their animals in a safe, clean and welcoming environment.Activities of the Ventura County Fairgrounds and its annual Fair are rooted in the traditions of farming and agriculture. The livestock center is used for the annual Ventura County Fair Jr. Livestock Program and for livestock shows throughout the year. Also on the grounds is the Ventura County Animal Regulation evacuation center, which serves as an animal evacuation center for animals during times of natural disaster.
The Judge William P. Clark Livestock Center offers extensive opportunities to Ventura County youth in 4H, FFA and Grange programs to exhibit the fruits of their labors as they showcase the animals they have raised and auction them as a part of their year-long educational agriculture programs.Since the building was located so close to the ocean, all of the frames and secondary members were hot-dipped galvanized and then painted to provide protection from the corrosive salt spray environment.
The structure, which was built using VP’s top-of-the-line SSR™ standing seam roof system (Galvalume™) and VP’s Panel Rib™ wall system in Cool Colonial Red, was constructed by Vernon Edwards Constructors based in Santa Maria, Calif. and designed by PMSM Architects based in San Luis Obispo, Calif. VP’s Rigid Frame systems were also used in the construction of the facility, which allows ideal flexibility in interior space utilization.
There are several advantages of using steel building components as part of an agricultural structure.Through VP Buildings’ years of providing building solutions for virtually every commercial and industrial application, they have built a reputation as a trusted advisor for their customers.VP Buildings pioneered “custom concept,” a unique approach that meets the owner’s exact building requirements — not limited by standard sizes and shapes. Fortune 500 companies and industry specifiers recognize VP Buildings’ leadership and innovation. With the company’s proprietary software, VP Command, VP builders utilize the most advanced design and engineering system available. Their commitment to technology and product excellence delivers measurable benefits including:
• Lower initial cost when compared to alternative construction methods
• Faster occupancy and a faster return on buildings investment through quicker delivery and build schedules
• Lower life-cycle cost of ownership with minimum required maintenance
• High-efficiency insulation alternatives to reduce energy costs
• Optimized steel design using proprietary software
• Materials and finishes to help achieve sustainable construction goals
• A wide selection of framing, coverings and finish options to achieve the desired aesthetics and interior space requirements
Each year, VP supplies approximately 6,000 buildings ranging from 1,200 square feet to more than one million square feet under roof.
VP Buildings is able to meet the variety of building needs with their unmatched line of systems options. VP structural options include: solid web and open web framing systems capable of clear-spanning over 300'.Incorporating sophisticated structural elements with hybrid and heavy structure design capability, VP Buildings can provide structures in excess of 100' tall and capable of handling industrial crane loads of 100 tons or greater.Additionally, VP Buildings offers WideBay, a new secondary structural option designed to allow wider spacing (up to 60 feet) between frame lines. This product is ideal for projects requiring clear, open interior space for machinery, equipment placement, racking and storage or anywhere column-free space is needed.To complement the framing options, VP Buildings offers metal roofing products that provide architectural appearance, low maintenance and long-term weather-tight warranted performance. VP Roof Systems feature “cool” paint colors and are designed to work with a selection of insulation systems providing energy-efficient performance.
VP also offers wall panel choices to give owners the look and performance they require on their buildings. VP systems are capable of working with non-metal wall systems, including glass, wood or masonry options.VP Buildings is committed to meeting the highest industry standards for engineering and manufacturing. VP products are manufactured in plants that have been inspected and certified to meet International Accreditation Service (IAS) AC-472 requirements. VP is a founding member of the MBMA (Metal Building Manufacturers Association), the group that establishes standards in the metal construction industry for product excellence.
With the increasing market demand for green and sustainable construction, VP is a proud member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC). VP products use recycled content steel, low VOC products and cool paint formulations as part of our continued pursuit of excellence.
With manufacturing facilities and service centers located from coast-to-coast, VP provides buildings throughout North America.VP’s Fast-Track program is the perfect solution for basic farm buildings. The Fast-Track program offers building decision makers the combined benefits of economical design and fast delivery. Fast-Track uses a simple pricing and order entry system for low-to-medium complexity metal buildings. The broad parameters within the program offer building solutions in a wide range of sizes from 600 to more than 185,000 square feet.
With Fast-Track, VP Builders can provide customers with a custom designed building to meet their specific need. Whether the job requires a small storage building or a large multi-purpose industrial facility, Fast-Track can provide the solution. Most buildings that meet Fast-Track specifications can be manufactured and delivered to a site in as little as four weeks.
VP Buildings is a complete resource for design and engineering. The company’s engineers are licensed to stamp and approve drawings throughout North America.
In the instances when ranchers and farm owners prefer to erect their own buildings, VP builders can supply materials to be delivered directly to the jobsite for construction. Buildings can also be ordered from one of VP’s authorized builders who provide construction services.VP Buildings also offers self-framing Utility Built buildings. The wall and roof panels for these types of structures support themselves without purlins, girts and frames.Utility Built structures can be utilized for a wide variety of agricultural, commercial and industrial needs, including power generation controls facilities, electrical equipment structures, maintenance facilities, pumping stations, oil and gas extraction equipment, wind farm electricity collection, vehicle maintenance and storage.
VP Buildings offers a full range of warranties. The standard VP warranty provides owners with a basic protection plan on materials and workmanship for three-years at no cost to the builder or owner.Owners who would like the security of an extended weather-tight warranty have various warranty options. VP also offers a ten-year weather-tight warranty for its Panel Rib roof system. This warranty is limited to ten years and has restrictions and requirements for minimum square footage and roof slope. Installed properly, this budget minded roof will offer years of leak-free protection.For premium roof systems, VP offers an Extended Weather-tightness Warranty which covers Panel Rib for ten years and SSR & SLR (seamed panel system) for up to 20 years. Additionally, panel paint finishes are warranted for up to twenty-five years.To ensure that customers receive the best service possible, VP works through a network of local, independent authorized Builders. VP Buildings provides extensive product training and technical field support to assist in proper product selection and on-site installation.Each VP Builder works with VP Buildings’ in-house team of trained detailers, licensed engineers and skilled project managers to provide a building designed, engineered and detailed to meet customer’s exact requirements.

About VP Buildings
Varco Pruden Buildings is a division of BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc. Through advanced engineering and proprietary building products, Varco Pruden provides innovative steel building solutions worldwide for low-rise commercial and industrial applications — including offices, warehouses, schools, manufacturing, agricultural and retail projects.
Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, the company markets its products through a network of more than 1,000 authorized builders within the United States and Canada. Varco Pruden is a member of the MBMA, CSSBI and the USGBC. For additional information, visit