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Barn Conversion to School Building

Near Myersville, Maryland

Converting a disused agricultural barn into a public assembly-use facility for pre-school children presents a wide array of challanges.  

Water infiltrating through the roof had severely damaged the structure. The staff of Fitzgerald’s Heavy Timber Construction, Inc., worked with engineers and architects to produce this turnkey project.  The conversion of the 45x80 foot barn took FHTC, Inc. approximately fourteen months to complete.

Repairing and updating the structure of the barn, originally built by a Mr. Newcomer, required replacing many pieces of the timber frame; installing two full floors and two loft levels; installing three floor levels as reading rooms in the silo and an observatory at the top; enclosing entire structure with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS); and installing a new standing-seam metal roof.

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Before Construction the Barn Was Derelict

Before Construction the Barn Was Derelict
Joinery Repairs Under Way

Joinery Repairs Under Way
Siding Removed To Access Bent 1 Repairs

Siding Removed To Access Bent 1 Repairs
Corner Post Replacement

Corner Post Replacement
Parlor Level Cribbed Up For Post Repairs

Parlor Level Cribbed Up For Post Repairs
New Summer Beams Going In

New Summer Beams Going In
One of the Many Tree Posts Laid Out and Cut

One of the Many Tree Posts Laid Out and Cut
New Floor Framing

New Floor Framing
New Roof Framing Installation

New Roof Framing Installation
Tree Posts Installed

Tree Posts Installed
Block Forebay Wall Removed -- Ready for New Wall to be Built

Block Forebay Wall Removed -- Ready for New Wall to be Built
Roof Heavy Framing Repairs

Roof Heavy Framing Repairs
Roof SIPs Installation

Roof SIPs Installation
Roof SIPs Installed and New Forebay Wall Constructed

Roof SIPs Installed and New Forebay Wall Constructed
Radiant Heating Tubing Installed Before Floor Slab is Poured

Radiant Heating Tubing Installed Before Floor Slab is Poured
Unique Internal Roof Inside Adjacent Silo

Unique Internal Roof Inside Adjacent Silo
Routing Out Window Opening In Wall SIP

Routing Out Window Opening In Wall SIP
Standing Seam Roof Installed

Standing Seam Roof Installed
Interior Nearing Completion -- HVAC, Lights, Fans Installed

Interior Nearing Completion -- HVAC, Lights, Fans Installed
Silo Now Houses Round Classrooms

Silo Now Houses Round Classrooms
Parlor Level With Tree Posts Now Is a Whimsical Play Area For School Kids

Parlor Level With Tree Posts Now Is a Whimsical Play Area For School Kids
Completed Conversion Of a Bank Barn Into a School

Completed Conversion Of a Bank Barn Into a School