Great Western Buildings

Midwest Metal Buildings

If you just went from freezing temperatures and pouring rain to a humid 80-degree sweltering heat within the past hour, you’re likely reading this from the Midwest. The sprawling landscapes of Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming are laden with agricultural land, gorgeous landscapes, and metropolitan areas that range from quaint and modest towns like Lawrence, KS, to densely populated areas like Kansas City and St. Louis. The diverse terrain, climate, and culture of the Midwest demand a structure that is equally flexible and versatile.

Though some folks may consider the Midwestern states “flyover” states, many of us call the Midwest home. If you’re a Midwestern dweller, you’re likely more than familiar with the challenges that both the citizens of the Midwest and their buildings face. Winters bring harsh and hectic freezing winds capable of serious damage, substantial snowfall, and ice storms that can shut cities down for days on end. Summers get hot and humid weather that can make days at the job site nearly unbearable. Of course, we don’t have to warn Midwestern citizens about the potential for tornadoes. The ideal building for the Midwest is quick to erect and extremely robust to withstand climate extremes. That’s why a metal building kit is perfect.

Why a Metal Building Suits the Midwest

Selecting a metal building kit over something like a wooden pole barn brings a host of advantages without a financial penalty. A steel building kit usually costs no more than a wooden structure of matching dimensions. In some cases, a metal building is less expensive. With that in mind, it makes sense to opt for a metal building, given that steel is inherently stronger than wood. This means that a structure made of steel rather than wood is much more robust and capable of withstanding the weather extremes that come with The Great Plains. In addition, a metal building requires little to no maintenance and is far more resistant to moisture damage. You won’t see a steel building become water-logged and start to rot away.

It’s understandable that one might hesitate to opt for a metal building for fear of rust and corrosion. However, modern metal buildings use special coatings to prevent that issue. In addition, modern insulation systems help prevent the accumulation of moisture within the building’s structure to further prevent decomposition. Ultimately, a modern metal building is highly resilient and can withstand decades of extreme weather without needing maintenance or repairs.

Whether you’re a DIYer looking to add a recreation space to your property or a lifelong farmer or rancher in need of a new hay storage building, hangar for a cropduster, stables, or virtually any other use, your time is valuable. A well-engineered metal building kit goes together quickly and efficiently without any wasted materials on the job site. This translates to time and money saved by reducing wasted time throughout the construction process. In addition, many metal building kits use free-span designs, meaning there are no interior support columns to interrupt your usable space. If you’re storing large equipment or a substantial amount of inventory of any kind, the wide-open interior space goes a long way.

Why A Great Western Building Suits the Midwest

At Great Western, we’re more than familiar with the challenges and joys of life in the Midwest. Our team of designers has decades of experience in designing metal buildings to comply with International Building Code (IBC) standards for wind loading, snow loading, and more. From small personal storage buildings to hangars spanning hundreds of feet, there’s no project too big or small nor any climate too challenging for our expert team. 

Our building kits are manufactured using American G90 Galvanized Steel with a thick Zinc coating acting as a line of defense between your building material and the elements to ensure each building we manufacture lasts a lifetime. We don’t just make that claim, either. We back each building we manufacture with a lifetime structural warranty. We also provide customers with an owner’s manual outlining upkeep and maintenance to keep your building in tip-top shape for decades.

We are very familiar with and respectful of the Midwestern DIY attitude. That’s why our warranties remain entirely in effect if you erect your Great Western metal building kit yourself. We encourage it. Our buildings are meticulously engineered and manufactured with ease of assembly in mind whether you’re experienced in construction or a first-time builder. We provide our customers with an industry-leading erection manual that is intuitive and comprehensive. In addition, we offer a 24/7 customer support hotline to field any questions that may arise throughout the entire design, delivery, and construction process.

Any Size, Any Use, and Any Level of Customization

Our buildings are extremely flexible and customizable. Sizing is virtually limitless, and our team of designers can implement a handful of design additions like mezzanines, roof structure support for industrial cranes, and hat channels to aid in interior wall buildout. Moreover, our buildings are aesthetically customizable with a handful of color options for exterior panels, customizable roof shapes, eave extensions, lean-tos, and even ventilation systems.

If you’ve got a unique use case that isn’t on the list, contact us directly, and we’ll work with you to provide the building you need.

Common Metal Building Use Cases


  • Industrial and Manufacturing facilities
  • Home Garages and Workshops
  • Heavy machinery storage
  • Aircraft hangars
  • Agricultural barns and storage
  • Residential homes and barndominiums
  • Home sports and training facilities
  • Churches
  • Commercial facilities
  • Equestrian stables and riding arenas
  • Warehouses
  • Government buildings

Our 3D Building Designer allows you to visualize and customize your building with options including door and window placement, exterior colors, roof shape, structural add-ons like lean-tos and cupolas, and much more. Once your preliminary design is done, simply submit it for a free quote. If you’re unsure where to start, contact us with your location and building use needs, and we’ll work with you to design your perfect building and provide an accurate estimate.

Why Choose Great Western Buildings?

At Great Western, each building project we complete is built on the back of our core values in designing high-quality American-made buildings that we can stand behind for life. Moreover, we strive to ensure that our customers get the exact building that they want. Our team works with you to create a building that meets the needs of your specific use case, location, and budget. Designed with the DIY-er and first-time builder in mind, Great Western Buildings are affordable and simple to erect. If you run into an issue or have a question, we have a 24/7 construction support hotline to take care of you.

Every Great Western Building comes with a lifetime structural warranty. You can take solace in knowing that our designers leave no stone unturned when it comes to your local codes and climate requirements no matter what size building you’re in the market for. Our team’s expansive knowledge of our structures and experience in designing buildings for all regions and climates funnel into your building to make it exactly that; YOUR building.

Design Your Custom Building

Great Western’s custom design tool allows you to design, customize, and price the best metal building for your needs. You can also share and print your designs or save them and modify them later.