With this Steel Building, Nothing is left up in the Air by devidmark


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									        With this Steel Building, Nothing is left up in the Air

It was 2007, and Beau Andrepont wanted to spread his wings and fly.

He didn’t want to necessarily leave his home roost of 25 acres in Arnaudville, LA for good,

but instead wanted to traverse the airspace above it in his            Quicksilver Ultralight

experimental aircraft, which he had built himself.

When he decided it was time to build a hangar to house the aircraft, he looked to the local

want ads to find w hat he needed. He found it when he spotted a lis ting for a SteelMaster

building, which was bought but never built.

“I bought the building and constructed it with two helpers and a tractor with a front end

loader,” says Andrepont.   “I originally just poured concrete footings and then later added

concrete in the middle. I only had half of the arches up when Hurricane Gustav hit us.”

After the powerful storm blew through Arnaudville and the surrounding area, Andrepont was

left with downed power lines and trees and an airplane that had completely flipped ov er

inside the SteelMaster building. “The building came out with minimal damage and that was

only due to the fact that the end angles were not attached to one side so the edge of the

last arch was f ree to flap in the wind,” says Andrepont. “This caused a small hole in that
arch, but that is it. Now that the building is complete and end walls are up I believe it is the

strongest building on the property.”

The end walls were built by Andrepont after he decided to sell his ultralight aircraft and seal

off the building to use as storage for his tractor and implements that he uses to take care of

his land.

“This is a good example of just how f unctional and dynamic SteelMaster buildings are —they

can be used for a broad range of applications thanks to their clear-span design,” says

Michelle Wickum, the director of marketing for SteelMaster Buildings, w hich is located in

Virginia Beach, VA. “The fact that the building was so resilient to Hurricane Gustav when it

was only half built is testament to the quality and strength of our buildings as well.”

SteelMaster steel buildings are engineered to meet the wind loads of their destination

whether that’s in the middle of the country or on the coast of Florida where hurricanes are

common. As opposed to wooden structures, some steel buildings, like the ones sold by

SteelMaster Buildings remain maintenance free for a lifetime thanks to the company’s use of

Galvalume Plus Coating which offers strength, superior corrosion resistance, and an

attractive bright appearance that provides excellent heat reflectivity. Each SteelMaster

building also comes with a 30-year mill-backed warranty by ArcelorMittal (NYSE MT).
“We look forward to keeping in touch with Mr. Andrepont to see what he decides to use his

SteelMaster building for next. Just like with his ultralight aircraft, the sky is the limit for the


With thousands satisfied customers, including buildings located in every state in the United

States, on six continents, and in more than 40 overseas countries, SteelMaster takes pride

in know ing its steel buildings have earned the favor of people like Andrepont.

SteelMaster’s steel and metal pre-engineered buildings are designed for a broad range of

residential and commercial applications including Garages, Workshops, Carports, Quonsets,

Airplane Hangars, RV Storage, Military Buildings, Commercial Warehousing, and Industrial

Storage as well as a wide variety of Custom Building applications including Athletic Facilities,

Retail Stores, Churches, Bus Stops, Smoke Shacks, Doggie Dorms, and Correctional


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