Lester Building Systems
buildings and framing


1111 2nd Ave. S.
Lester Prairie, MN 55354
Toll Free: 800-826-4439
Phone: 320-395-2531
Fax: 320-395-2969

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Lester Buildings. Pre-engineered, yet custom.

Why spec wood post-frame construction?

  • Affordable: lower material costs than steel/metal frame structures, stud frame or masonry.
  • Quick-Up: 30 percent faster than other construction methods.
  • Energy Efficient: many features increase energy efficiency and decrease overhead.

Why choose Lester Buildings?
  • Foundation and framing options offer nimble design flexibility.
  • Endless Options: Lester Buildings can take on literally any shape, style and finish desired.
  • In-house registered engineers design each building for local county wind and snow loads.
  • Lifetime Structural Design Warranty
  • Materials are tested and held to high quality standards.
  • Experienced: 150,000 erected Lester Buildings since 1947
  • Available in 35 states
  • Material-only packages for DIYers
  • Construction services
  • Turnkey: we can oversee planning, design, build and/or expansion through completion

Applications for Lester commercial buildings include:
  • Offices
  • Clinics
  • Restaurants
  • Retail Stores
  • Factories
  • Boat Storage
  • Airplane Hangers
  • Self-Storage
  • Churches
  • Community/Municipal Buildings
  • Automotive Sales/Service
  • Recreational Facilities
  • Truck Terminals
  • Warehouses
  • Lawn and Garden Stores
  • Plus, many more!


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Eclipse Roof System

Smartly designed with unmatched curb appeal, the patented* Eclipse Metal Roof System is strong and weathertight for new construction or re-roofing projects.

For the first time ever, you'll benefit from a metal roof system that combines the structural integrity of a through-fastened roof with the sleek appearance of a standing seam metal roof. All at a lower cost than a standing seam metal roof cost.

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Embedded Foundation

Embedded Foundation
  • Laminated columns are embedded into the ground and anchored with precast
  • concrete cookies and anchor blocks.
  • Used with clear-span truss roof system.
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Above Grade Foundation (truss)

Above Grade Foundation (truss)
  • Laminated columns are bolted to a concrete foundation, above grade.
  • Used with clear-span truss roof system.
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Above Grade Foundation (rafter)

Above Grade Foundation (rafter)
  • Laminated columns are embedded into the ground and anchored with precast
  • concrete cookies and anchor blocks.
  • Used with a rafter roof system.

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Truss Roof

Max. clear-span width: 100 feet
Max. height: 24 feet

Rafter Roof System
Interior support columns
Max. width: 240 feet
Max. height: 24 feet

Over-the-Top Purlin Roof System Max. width: 42 feet
Max. height: 16.5 feet

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Flush Frame Wall Girt System

Wall girts intersect with columns. Typically used for lined and insulated shop buildings.
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Continuous Wall Girt System

Wall girts butt up against each other to form one continuous girt.

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Steel Panel - Uni-Rib™

Profile / Shape
We roll form our Uni-Rib steel panels in our Illinois plant. The tried-and-true design of the panel is exclusive to Lester Buildings. "Ribs" (or bends) are added to increase panel strength. The combination of the number of ribs, rib height, and bend sharpness determines the strength.

Measured in gauge (ga) units; the smaller the gauge, the thicker the panel. Lester Buildings offers 29-gauge and 26-gauge steel as standard products.

Tensile Yield Strength
Measured in pounds-force per square inch (psi); the higher the number, the stronger the panel -- and less prone to dents and fastener tears. Lester uses Grade E steel coil, which features minimum 80,000 psi tensile yield strength.

Protective Coatings
Measured in number of ounces of zinc per square foot; the higher the number, the less corrosion. The Uni-Rib steel panel uses a galvanization process that adds a layer of corrosion protection to both sides of the panel. It also provides good paint adhesion and scratch resistance. G60 galvanizing is standard for most applications. G90 galvanizing is used in environments with high moisture and caustic gasses, such as livestock buildings.

Paint Systems
Unlike other companies, Lester offers two choices of paint systems. Each comes with an outstanding warranty and provides extra protection against harsh environmental elements such as ultra-violet rays, acidic rain, humidity and normal handling/wear and tear.

A majority of the colors meet Energy Star's "Cool Roof" reflectivity standards.

Siliconized Polyester, sold under Valspar's WeatherX brand, is standard on all exterior panels and provides an excellent value. Available in 18 colors.

Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF), sold under Valspar's Fluropon brand, is a premium option for increased fade protection. (The well-known Kynar paint brand is also made by Valspar and has the equivalent properties to Fluropon.) Available in 20 colors.

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Photo Gallery

This building gallery is regularly updated so come back often to see what's new!

Last Update: 2016-09-15