Every year, we look back at the last 12 months to reflect on our business, our families, our community and what the next year might look like. This was a special year for Integrity as we celebrated 10 years in business.
When we started Integrity in 2008, we set out to move the post frame industry forward. Our first year of building saw us using construction standards that the industry had been using for more than 50 years. Our initiative from day one was to find better ways to build post frame buildings and bring stronger, longer lasting structures to our customers as it should be in any industry for any business.
Innovation has been, and will continue, to be the key to the success of Integrity. We believe that our innovations and quality of product are leading the industry. At Integrity we don’t strive to be just better than the competition, but to change the industry as a whole.
We’ve dedicated endless resources to research and development to study how wind patterns have changed, how snow loads have changed, how the ground conditions matter. Our team or of designers, engineers and architects, model, test and create to bring the best possible buildings to our clients. In fact, we go above and beyond to ensure that our buildings are the best in the industry.
No one can predict when or where a tornado will hit. No one can enforce building owner to properly maintain their building. No one can stop a building owner from making changes to a building that was built to code. There is a lot out of our control, but at Integrity we continually strive to set a new industry standard for excellence because this is something that we can control.
A year ago, extreme weather and large amounts of snowfall accumulation caused many buildings across the country to fail. This year is a completely different scenario where we are seeing record setting winds exceeding hurricane speeds. Last year Integrity had one of its original farm buildings fail under an unforeseen snow load. This building failed the same day as many other commercial and public use buildings constructed from wood and steel, including a public skating rink just minutes away. This of course is not something that we are happy about and another reason why we have taken a deep dive into how weather is changing and what we can do to adapt to it.
We take the time to do our research to determine what code a building should be built to depending on the intended use and what the wind and snow loads are for there area posted by the jurisdictions and the building code. Even with the guidelines and minimums set out by the governing body we have taken a stance to over engineer and over build buildings. Often making us the more expensive option but helping to ensure that our buildings and Integrity is around for generations.
We are proud to learn from our past and proud to push forward with innovations in the post frame construction industry. From new, stronger materials to the use of technology we are confident that we build the best post frame buildings in Canada.
With close to 3000 builds, we are proud of our record and are excited about the future.
Thank you to all our customers, partners, staff and families over the past decade.