The Crill's second fabric building is
50' x 120' (15.2m x 36.5m) .
Location: Serene, IA
Building Size: 50' wide x 120' long (15.2m x 36.5m)
Application: Agricultural - Hay Storage - Fabric
John Crill runs a grain and cow-calf operation near Serene,
IA and has had his farm there for over 30 years. John
purchased his first 40' x 80' fabric building for hay
storage in 2001, which held about three hundred bales. In
September of 2003, John fell victim to an act of arson and
lost his fabric covered hay building.
John liked his first fabric building so much that he chose
to build another, bigger tension fabric building to replace
the fabric building he lost. "This is our second fabric
building," says John, "I went with it because I wanted
something I could be proud of." The 50' x 120' tension
fabric structure was mounted on 8" x 8" columns in 24"
holes, with solid concrete from the bottom to the top of the
ground. Both end walls of the fabric building have been left
open for easy access from each end of the building.
The Crills have noticed less spoilage in their hay bales
caused by weather conditions. Before he purchased a fabric
covered building, John had tried other pole type buildings
with trusses but did not achieve the results he was looking
for. "There wasn't enough air movement in other types of
buildings with only having one door." John found himself
moving hay back outside in cases where it wasn't completely
Fabric Building Highlights
John worked with his local tension fabric structure dealer
to design the perfect fabric building for his hay operation.
John wanted a fabric structure with two open ends to
increase maneuverability and airflow, and to make feeding
time easier. "The first hay that we put in we pull out and
feed first. We work our way from the opposite direction that
we put it in from." His current fabric hay building can hold
approximately 530 six-foot diameter bales, stacked four
The natural light and air ventilation were two of the
selling features for the Crill family. John was impressed by
the quality of the fabric structure and his local dealer. "I
could tell that this would be a quality fabric building and
the local dealership was very easy to do business with." The
building crew installed the posts on the first day, and had
the main building erected and covered by the end of the
"We have plenty of light, plenty of good air
movement and it's easy to stack in," says John.
John Crill and sons with their fabric
like my fabric building well enough that I would add
another 40 feet to it,' says Crill.