Midwest Engineering is the industry expert in pole barn design. Pole barns are built in all sizes and shapes, for a wide range of uses. The progression of these structures with time is taller and wider, pushing the envelope of typical construction methods. Most contractors and owners are only concerned with gravity loads, such as dead load and snow loads, but lateral loads prove to be on the the most difficult challenges of engineering one of these structures. Lateral design wind and snow loads on a large pole building can contribute hundreds of thousands of pounds vertically and tens of thousands of pounds laterally onto the structure. 

Pole barn construction requires two main analysis, one for gravity loads and another for wind loads. After both analysis have been completed, a final design can be compiled. Pole barns are designed using engineering principles, test assembly data, and engineering experience

Pole barns are a large expense and typically store even larger expenses. The difference between an inadequately designed building and a building that is efficiently designed is relatively small, but requires an engineer that has experience, design knowledge, and applicable test assembly data to provide an adequate building to resist whatever nature can throw at the building. On your next building, give Midwest Engineering a call and see how we can not only help you in the immediate need, but ensure your property and future are in good hands. 


When determining how to construct a pole barn, there are many important considerations when engineering:
  • Width of Building
  • Type of Roof Trusses
  • Wall Type - Stick Frame or Poles
  • Wall Height
  • Roof Pitch
  • Foundation Type - Continuous, Spread, Pole
  • Side/Roofing Type
  • Siding Screw Pattern
  • Door Opening Widths and Locations
  • Floor Type
  • Interior Walls
  • Purlin Type and Spacing