2017 Barn Move in Pictures
Geisler Farms moved its barn loft 1,000 feet to serve as the new outdoor sales barn. Here is a glimpse at how it happened.
The barn in 2012 before and after new sheet steel was applied to the roof and sides.
Two, 60-foot steel beams were placed under the loft on piles of cribbing. Then the walls were removed.
The barn loft rested on four pillars of wood blocks called cribbing in January 2017 until it was time to move.
The original block walls would have been too fragile to move. We saved the gothic arched barn loft.
On February 15, 2017, Billy Bell Housemoving of Colfax moved the loft off of the foundation and across the farm.
The barn was moved around the big slide on the frozen lawn.
The barn was parked on the edge of the pumpkin patch until a new concrete foundation could be poured in the spring.
The barn loft was on four piles of cribbing and anchored with tillage equipment until it was moved on June 22, 2017.
On June 26, the barn was lifted 13 feet into the air. Chains were used to temporarily anchor the loft to the new foundation.
Construction on 12-foot-tall walls started on July 17, 2017, by Firstcall Construction of Grimes.
Two new laminated beams were installed. The beams are each supported by five steel posts.
On July 24, 2017, the barn loft was lowered onto the new laminated beams using four, 3-inch-diameter hydraulic jacks. Then the two steel moving beams were removed using three steel rollers placed on top of the cribbing.