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Centerpiece Horse Barn

Metal roof and wall panels highlight community equestrian facility

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When residents bought homes in the Marlboro Ridge Housing Community in Upper Marlboro, Md., more then 10 years ago, they were promised equestrian facilities. The recession pushed the plans for the promised facility off for some time, but finally Fuog/InterBuild Inc., Purceville, Va., was given the go-ahead by owner and developer, Toll Brothers Inc., Horsham, Pa., to start the project.

Jamie Hochmuth, senior salesman at Fuog/InterBuild, says they’ve had the plans for the horse barn ready to go for some time. “When Toll Brothers reached out to us a couple years ago, we were excited to get things going on this project,” he says. 

The 9,821-square-foot post-frame facility features 22 stalls on 26 dedicated acres of pasture and paddocks. Inside, there is a climate-controlled tack room with individual tack lockers, two hot-and-cold water wash stalls with infrared heaters, and two hot-and-cold water wash stalls with heat lamps. There are also 110-foot by 220-foot indoor and outdoor arenas that feature state-of-the-art dust-free footing, along with irrigated pastures with run-in sheds and miles of groomed riding trails in a preserved natural setting. The second floor also features a finished apartment for a full-time groundskeeper.

The 192-foot-long, 38-foot-wide and 30-foot-high horse barn is topped with Bossier City, La.-based McElroy Metal’s Max-Rib panels and sided with a combination of Max-Rib panels, HardiPlank lap siding and brick accents. The 29-gauge, 36-inch-wide Max-Rib panels have a 3/4-inch-high rib. Fuog/InterBuild installed 160 squares of Max-Rib G100 SP metal panels in Evergreen on the roof, and 70 squares of Max-Rib G100 SP in Surrey Beige for the walls.

Dimitry Resnik, PE, of Denver, Pa.-based Timber Tech Engineering Inc., says metal is the most common roofing and wall panels used in post-frame construction, and it works well for this elaborate horse barn project. “The only challenge with this project was the connector building,” Resnik says. “A lot of communication was required to make sure everything was done correctly. It all turned out great.”

Completed in April 2016, the finished facility is highlighted by five cupolas, which were constructed on-site. Marlboro Ridge is made up of high-end single-family and townhouse homes, in addition to a resort-style swimming pool, fitness center with weight training, cardio equipment and a variety of fitness programs, four miles of recreational trails, multipurpose athletic fields, playgrounds and tennis courts.