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Old 11-11-2008, 09:19 PM   #1
William Mallow
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Metal Buildings

Does anybody run a CrossFit facility out of a free standing metal building? My friend and I were thinking of going this route, but I haven't seen anyone mention this way. The building itself would be very inexpensive, the property depending on the location would be the biggest expense. Any input, advice, suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:53 AM   #2
Ian Staab
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Re: Metal Buildings

I have also looked into these types of structures because they seemed rather inexpensive. However, when you're costing it out, keep in mind the cost of:
1) Assembly (~$5 / sq. ft.)
2) Foundation ( ~$5 / sq. ft.)
3) Plumbing
4) Electricity
5) Cost of Land (I was surprised at the price of land in the areas I was looking)

I did some research on a 2400 sq. ft. facility, I was looking at $16,000 for the building, $12,000 in assembly, $12,000 for the foundation, about $3,000 for plumbing and electricity, $25,000 - $75,000 for land. Total is around $68-$118,000 for the full deal... before equipment for the gym.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:40 AM   #3
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Re: Metal Buildings

William, you may want to add in insulation costs. I know that it can get hotter than hell in Denton but also it can get pretty nippy in the winter. Just plain metal will either freeze or bake your clients. Just a thought.

We have a barn on the ranch that is a free standing metal building that would make a great CF facility. Insulated, bathroom, shower, the whole bit.

I think that metal buildings are a great idea for a CF box. Good luck to you!
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:25 PM   #4
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Re: Metal Buildings


I have a few friends who run out of a box like that. At 4pm April-september it's hot as hell.

at 6am, october through april it's cold as hell. It's pretty tough.
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