Lester Building Systems | buildings and framing
  • 1111 2nd Ave. S.
    Lester Prairie, MN 55354
  • Toll Free: 800-826-4439
    Phone: 320-395-2531
    Fax: 320-395-5393
OVERVIEW

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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  • Foundation Systems
    PRODUCT
    TRADE NAME
    DESCRIPTION
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    Embedded Foundation image 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.
    CAD Details for Embedded Foundation Specs for Embedded Foundation SpecWizard for Embedded Foundation PDF Embedded Foundation e-Catalog
    Above Grade Foundation (truss) image Above Grade Foundation (truss)
    • Laminated columns are bolted to a concrete foundation, above grade.
    • Used with clear-span truss roof system.
    CAD Details for Above Grade Foundation (truss) Specs for Above Grade Foundation (truss) SpecWizard for Above Grade Foundation (truss) PDF Above Grade Foundation (truss) e-Catalog
    Above Grade Foundation (rafter) image 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.
    CAD Details for Above Grade Foundation (rafter) Specs for Above Grade Foundation (rafter) SpecWizard for Above Grade Foundation (rafter) PDF Above Grade Foundation (rafter) e-Catalog
  • Roof Systems
    PRODUCT
    TRADE NAME
    DESCRIPTION
    CONTENT
    Truss Roof image Clear-span
    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
    CAD Details for Truss Roof Specs for Truss Roof SpecWizard for Truss Roof PDF Truss Roof e-Catalog
  • Wall Systems
    PRODUCT
    TRADE NAME
    DESCRIPTION
    CONTENT
    Flush Frame Wall Girt System image Wall girts intersect with columns. Typically used for lined and insulated shop buildings.
    CAD Details for Flush Frame Wall Girt System Specs for Flush Frame Wall Girt System SpecWizard for Flush Frame Wall Girt System PDF Flush Frame Wall Girt System e-Catalog
    Continuous Wall Girt System image Wall girts butt up against each other to form one continuous girt.
    CAD Details for Continuous Wall Girt System Specs for Continuous Wall Girt System SpecWizard for Continuous Wall Girt System PDF Continuous Wall Girt System e-Catalog
  • Steel Panels
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    TRADE NAME
    DESCRIPTION
    CONTENT
    Steel Panel image 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.

    Thickness
    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.
    CAD Details for Steel Panel Specs for Steel Panel SpecWizard for Steel Panel PDF Steel Panel e-Catalog
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Last Update: 2014-09-11