Quick Lube Building Design & Construction

Shinn Buildings excels in developing and executing customized projects for lube center owners. Our lube center / oil change buildings are attractive and showcase clean designs while avoiding complex systems that return very little benefit and are generally expensive to maintain.

When you elect one of our standard building designs, you gain the benefit of less-expensive engineering. Our engineers know our designs, and can easily ‘borrow’ attributes from other projects, saving you huge money in needless CAD fees.

Because you are building with steel, as opposed to wood, many insurance companies may give you a discount.

Materials & Styles We Work With

We start with a simple rectangle for the building and add dimensionality through varied-height parapets to give visual interest.  Some customers even add awnings as a nice decorative touch.  We give the illusion of complexity, but the basic structure of the building is very simple, which makes the building project more affordable – in the short term and in the long term.

Light Gauge Steel Framing

Our light-gauge steel framing is far superior to block construction in that you can run the plumbing and electrical in the wall – no expensive surface mounting which is unsightly. You are able to better insulate your walls with light-gauge steel framed construction also.

We generally use 16 gauge steel for most building applications which is a very heavy grade and is able to stand up to most snow and wind loads. Of course the engineering process will reveal the stud size and number of studs that we will need.

We pre-build your light-gauge steel framing in 8′ panelized sections in our controlled environment during the sitework phase of the project and by the time your concrete pad is poured, we deliver your framing in panelized sections which go up like an erector set, saving you weeks of time stick-framing from scratch. 

Our Recent Quick Lube Building Projects

Our team can advise you about design options that a non-specialized general contractor can’t.  When you work with Shinn Buildings, you can expect that we can help you with design questions like:

  • Should I use a split or non-split design layout? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
  • What is the optimal bay length if I decide to install an auto service pit system (one of our other specialties)?
  • If I’m installing an auto service pit system, how big of an equipment room should I build?
  • What are some popular designs for the equipment room that gives me room for my equipment, but also allows for an employee restroom and office?

We have a commitment to producing high-quality products and delivering the best service at competitive prices.

We have accumulated over forty years of experience in the engineering of steel-framed structures and turn-key metal framing construction projects.


We have accumulated over 40 years of experience in the engineering of
car wash framing structures for building construction projects.

High Quality

With our team’s extensive experience in steel-framed construction, we can efficiently engineer your building to make sure it is up to code.

Faster Installation

Our lube center buildings are manufactured while
The framing panels are shipped to the job site, and installed like an erector set in about a quarter of the time of traditional on-site stick framing.


We construct the wall sections in jigs according to precision measurements.

Protected from the weather

 We fabricate the framing out of the elements; the weather does not affect their assembly.

Financing Available

We offer financing for our car wash extensions and quick pit systems through our trusted financing partners.


Building Engineering

Our engineers know and understand our framing systems, allowing us to provide you with sealed plans in a time-efficient manner. This is important because the sooner your plans are completed, the quicker we can get to work on your building!

Lube Center Equipment & Installation

We have spent a lot of time researching equipment and working with preferred lube equipment vendors to bring you a complete, cost-effective package, saving you the time and headache of sourcing each item as you work on getting your business up and running. As an added benefit, we handle the installation as well!

Quick Pit Systems

Our patented QuickPit(™) System auto service pit system is an option that could save you tens of thousands of dollars off of traditional basement construction – mostly associated with expensive excavation costs and the need for specialty equipment like explosion proof outlets, catwalks and air-exchange systems. Basements are more complex and more difficult to maintain and to keep clean.



We have accumulated over 40 years of experience in the engineering of
lube center framing structures. Our mission is to be your trusted resource for
light gauge steel framing systems and aluminum glass buildings. 


We are committed to building long-term relationships based on trust, integrity, and respect for our customers, partners, and vendors.


We’re pleased to play a part in your success. We will ensure that your project goes as planned every step of the way.


Our buildings are manufactured with strength in mind and are engineered to withstand the elements. You can trust that your structure will stand the test of time for many years to come.


The final look of the building can be controlled by selecting finishes, arranging the space, and choosing finishes. Throughout the process, we connect you with experts who will work with you to ensure that the building meets your business needs.


Whether this is your first project or you’ve done many of these, there are always questions about how things work in your particular scenario. 

We consider all factors such as Engineering, Construction Timing, Cost, and Building Design

We are not a typical construction company, we have in-depth industry knowledge in the Oil Change and Car Wash industries and we can save you a lot of time.