How To Prepare Your Site Before Construction

Good news–you’re building a post frame building! Before we get started, it’s important that you follow a number of recommendations to ensure your site is prepped and ready for the crew to arrive.

“In my experience of building hundreds of post frame buildings across Western Canada, you’ll have the best experience–and building–if you take some extra time to prepare your site well before the crew arrives,” says Al Williams, partner at Integrity Post Structures. “A well-prepared site can make the construction process run much more smoothly and efficiently.”


1. Choosing your site

When you’re looking for a building site, choose a location that will allow proper water drainage from all four corners of your building.

2. Call before you dig

Every time you dig in the ground on your property, there is a safety risk if you hit any of the many buried cables, conduits, gas or oil pipelines or other underground facilities.

This is an important step to help ensure construction safety. Call your local utility provider to find out what is buried on your site and which areas to avoid. They will help to identify and locate owner-installed utilities as well as utility company services.

3. Prepare and level your site

Remove all organic material and level site within six inches across all perimeter points of the building. Get the most accurate measurements of your site is by using a transit level. The transit level can be invaluable to anyone planning to build a new structure. 

In preparing your site, you may need to clear trees, rocks, underbrush, or anything else that may be in the way of your building pad. Low spots may need to be backfilled, or high spots leveled.

At the end of this exercise, your building pad should be as level as possible. Your building is designed to be level with the highest part of the ground. If the site is not level, there will be a gap under the building where the ground slopes. You may need to backfill topsoil or gravel around perimeter of the building to ensure proper water drainage is maintained.

This is a critical step to complete before the crew arrives. 

 4. Place gravel outside the building footprint

On your contract, we will have indicated how much gravel you need to have before we start construction. Arrange to have gravel delivered before the crew arrives, place outside of the building footprint.

5. Construction and delivery clearance

The construction crew requires 15’ clearance around the perimeter of your building. A suitable staging area for the building materials is also required within close proximity of the building site. Confirm these details with your sales representative before the crew arrives.

Click here to find a checklist of tasks pre and post-construction to help ensure a smooth delivery of your post frame building project.   

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Jerry Myer of Integrity Post Structures received the Movers & Shakers Award for 2010 from Alberta Construction Magazine.


Agri-Trade’s Equipment Expo Ag Innovation Winner – Integrity Post Structures with their winning submission Perma-Column.


Alberta Chamber of Commerce, Young Entrepreneur Award of Distinction Winner – Integrity Post Structures.


Jerry Myer, Owner/CEO has been selected to participate in the 2017 QuantumShift program. QuantumShift is an exclusive invitation-only leadership development program for 40 of Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs. Founded by KPMG Enterprise and the Ivey Business School at The University of Western Ontario, QuantumShift uses Ivey’s highly regarded case study method and award-winning faculty to help take the skills and talents of these entrepreneurs to the next level.

Integrity Buildings wins in two categories for the 2018 NFBA Building of the Year Awards.

The NFBA (National Frame Building Association) has awarded Integrity Buildings with two 2018 North American Building of the year awards. The winner categories are “Hobby Shop” and “Institutional Building”.

Jerry Myer, Founder & CEO of Integrity says “Since day one at Integrity, we have made it our goal to not only be the best post frame builder in Canada, but develop new and innovative ways to make the industry better. These awards are an honour and we are proud to win, but they are also a testament to the hard work and dedication of an entire team to achieve our goals.”

Myer also added “Every building Integrity builds is custom. That means our customers get our industry leading expertise and are able to add their own ideas to truly make their building something that can be proud of for generations”.