As the way we work and do business evolves, so do the buildings we work in. The standards for steel office buildings are changing, which is why it's important to partner with an expert like Morton Buildings to achieve higher levels of both building and occupant performance. Energy-efficient construction is a key focus area, and we take great pride in our innovations that reduce energy usage in large warehouse facilities.
Our open floor plans allow you to utilize the space of your building in the best way for your business, while clear-span trusses provide greater overhead clearance. And with a variety of exterior and interior options available, you can choose the style you want, inside and out. Plus, our buildings are virtually maintenance-free, which allows you to focus on growing your company, not maintaining your building.
We are confident in our craftsmanship and back it with easy-to-understand warranties that are the best in the industry. The Morton Buildings name is synonymous with quality and longevity and we strive to continue that tradition every day.
Many commercial clients use our Morton designBUILD project delivery method as it provides single-source responsibility, integrated design, collaborative construction planning, and accelerated schedules.
Every office needs management, communications, filing, billing, payments, payroll, purchasing, and accounting. Other functions are added according to the purpose of the business, such as production, production engineering, quality control, shipping and receiving, cost accounting, industrial engineering, data processing, or inventory. Similar to alternative steel warehouse buildings, with the Morton post-frame construction, you can design the open floor plan to meet your business’s unique spacial needs.
One of the main focal points on an office is the entry. Entries can be created using porches, gables or atriums. Entries should be attractive, protect visitors from the elements, and keep the interior isolated from the weather. This can best be accomplished with vestibules at building entrances, as they serve a vital function of conserving energy.
Visitors receive their first impression of an organization from the decor and layout of the reception area. It should be attractive, neat, businesslike, and above all, adequate to accommodate normal visitor traffic. An allowance of 10 sq. ft. for each visitor to be served may be used for space allocation. For example, if space is required for a total of five visitors at any given time, a total of 50 sq. ft. should be used in planning the space. Size, decor, and equipment will depend largely on the type and volume of visitor traffic.
The warehouse part of the office warehouse can be insulated or un-insulated. Many of the insulated buildings we construct include Morton’s exclusive Energy Performer® insulation package. It was created in the 1970s and continues to outperform other systems on the market. Buildings that include our Energy Performer insulation system typically exceed state building codes for energy efficiency. With Energy Performer you not only conserve energy, you also save money on your heating and cooling costs year-round.
Loading docks on warehouse and office facilities are usually needed for overall traffic, shipping, and receiving requirements. Will a mechanical dock leveler be required? Will it be a straight 4' high dock with no sloping floor or a sloping floor with access drainage? The typical loading dock for one overhead door access should be a minimum of 16' wide x 50' long. Overhead doors are available in almost unlimited options. Our foundation and header systems are designed to carry snow loads and wind loads at jamb columns, and flashed with multiple flashings to achieve a cleaner look with fewer exposed fasteners. In general, Morton uses local, qualified overhead door subcontractors to ensure proper installation and local service.
Matt & Royce J., November 1, 2019
Morton uses the best quality materials on the market no doubt. The crew wasted no time and had the building completed in 2 weeks. Overall the process went very smooth and I am satisfied with my experience.
Benefits of a Morton Office Building
As a 100% employee-owned company, we are all committed to be the industry leader with a focus on innovation, service, quality, and most importantly, making sure each customer is completely satisfied with their decision to build Morton.
Morton Buildings utilizes a method known as post-frame construction, which has multiple advantages over other types of metal or steel office building construction:
• Large clear-spans allow for open, adaptable floor plans unhindered by interior load-bearing walls or columns, achieving a unique design and aesthetic. In addition, hybrid technology allows for even greater clear-span office warehouse buildings up to 150'.
• A post-frame building forms a tremendously strong structure that efficiently resists wind and seismic forces, even for buildings in excess of 100'.
• Our structural concept allows plumbing, electrical and HVAC to be placed between the insulation and the finished wall or ceiling, when using a suspended ceiling. This configuration results in no penetration of the insulation and an increase in energy efficiency and overall insulation performance.
Exceptional quality is the hallmark of a Morton. We’re only as good as our materials so we take full control of the entire process. We source and manufacture our own materials. We roll-form our own steel, build our own trusses, doors, and so much more. Morton operates six manufacturing facilities where many of our building components are produced. Our vertical integration allows us to control quality, timelines, and reduce shipping costs.
Unlike steel warehouse buildings, for our interior, we only use No. 1 Southern Yellow Pine lumber for columns that are hydraulically compressed during the lamination process. Our treated lower columns are treated with .80 pounds per cubic ft of preservative and have a 50-year warranty. Other lumber used is quality No. 2 or better Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPF) with staggered joints for enhanced strength. The correct lumber and spacing is designed for each project. We roll-form our own steel from .019" thick coil, which is up to 25% heavier than the steel many other builders use, and Morton’s panels feature a unique Hi-Rib™ design where the major ribs are 12" on center and 1" high with a gently rounded profile. This combination allows water to flow away from the fasteners and contributes to the strength and long-term attractiveness of a Morton.
For our office warehouse buildings and beyond, Morton offers the FLUOROFLEX® 1000 paint system, which consists of 70% PVDF topcoat or “color coat” and polyurethane primer that utilizes either a GALVALUME® or hot-dipped galvanized metallic coating. This superior paint system provides your building with multiple layers of protection against fading, chalking, paint peeling, and red rust. Because it resists the effects of ultraviolet rays, rain, and pollution, it retains color and gloss far longer than standard consumer or commercial paint coatings. Morton is proud to offer a 35-year warranty against chalking, fading, and peeling of most FLUOROFLEX® 1000 colors.
We also offer the most comprehensive warranty coverage in the industry. Our warranty claims are handled in-house, are not passed through to another supplier, and include labor and Morton materials.
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Working with Morton
Traditionally more standardized structures are offered with steel-framed buildings that are costly to customize. With Morton Buildings, custom buildings are standard. Morton listens to your building needs and ideas and works with you to develop a building plan for you now while allowing for future expansion. The Morton advantage is evident from your first meeting with your local sales consultant to the day your crew foreman hands you the keys to your new building. Our collective knowledge allows us to construct superior alternatives to other metal office buildings while delivering an exceptional building experience. When you buy a Morton building, you are joining a proud legacy of Morton owners who choose Morton Buildings time and time again to construct their buildings.
Your sales consultant will guide you through the entire process to:
Arrange pre-build details, like concept development, building plans and quotes, site plan, permits and zoning details, budgeting and financing
Oversee the building process, communicating with you throughout
Check on your satisfaction after completion
Watch this video to learn more about planning your building project: