Andover’s Hudson Farm Gets New Facilities

Project Enhances Services for the Private Hunt Club at the Exclusive 3,000-Acre Estate

ANDOVER, N.J. (June 28, 2011) – Hance Construction recently completed a 15,000-square-foot new construction project for Hudson Farm, featuring new workshop facilities and expanded services for members and guests of the private hunt club operated at the sprawling 3,000-acre Sussex County estate.

 Emphasizing energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness, Hance Construction, an Authorized Butler Builder® based in Warren County, constructed two red and white barn-styled buildings with classic eave and gable design and oversized cupolas to blend with the spectacular country setting. Hance Construction used a Butler Manufacturing Widespan™ system, which combines the practicality of a rigid frame with almost unlimited design flexibility.

 “Butler engineering optimizes a building design to ensure the most efficient use of raw materials,” said Hance Construction President Art Hance. “Through extensive testing and computer modeling we are able to maximize raw material efficiencies, while erecting the safest buildings available today.”

 Environmental responsibility is particularly important to Hudson Farm so the project emphasized sustainability from start to finish. Two farm buildings were demolished to make way for the new structures with all the metal and wood from the previous buildings recycled. The main club building features a solar power array as well as 9 ½ inches of insulation in the roof and 6 ½ inches of insulation in the walls.

 “We are thrilled with the new facilities built by Hance Construction,” said Steve Polanish, Manager of Hudson Farm. “The members of Hudson Farm expect a truly unique hunting experience that can only be found at the most exclusive estates around the world and the new facilities will help us meet these expectations. The attention to every detail that Art Hance and his team brings to the table are truly second to none.”

 The main building also includes lockers, showers, offices, common room, wine cellar and processing room, as well as an adjacent kennel. A decaying old farm silo that was originally slated for demolition was rescued and modernized to create an additional usable space for the club, maintaining the property’s historic appeal.

 The Butler Widespan™ system allows for maximum use of interior space, which is particularly important in facilities like Hudson Farm where uninterrupted space is required. The Widespan™ system uses galvanized C- and Z-shaped structural supports to maximize the use of space. An acrylic-coated galvanized finish provides a brighter interior finish than traditional paints.