Custom Designed Commercial Steel Buildings

By Ken Thomson

There is a growing demand for commercial steel buildings due to economic and real estate development challenges. Prefab structures are an affordable option for nearly any type of business ranging from retail to industrial. Best of all, they can be customized to reflect the personality of the company.

People often think that commercial steel buildings are dull and drab structures that are hot in the summer and frigid during winter months. The reality is these buildings can be enhanced with architectural designs once reserved for elegant showrooms and residential homes. They can also be fully insulated to provide a comfortable and inviting environment.

The type of structure built depends on its use. Metal buildings are suitable for numerous commercial applications including retail, manufacturing, storage and warehouse, recreational, aeronautical, and agricultural.

Along with selecting the appropriate building type, project owners can choose from a variety of roof, wall panels, framing, and accessories such as overhead, sliding and walk doors, windows, skylights, mansards, and facades.

One of the most important decisions is selecting the type of building frame. Steel buildings are extremely flexible in clear span and ability to support overhead cranes and other loads.

Next, owners select the type of roof, wall panels, and the type of insulation. Wall panel selections include ribbed or smooth, while roofing options include standing seam or through-fastened.

Commercial facilities should be aesthetically-pleasing to present a positive impression to customers. Project owners can elect to add a variety of exterior finishes, entrance elements and other features, along with interior designer finishes.

Metal buildings offer an endless array of design options. Practically every aspect can be customized to suit the owner's needs. Not only are steel structures less costly to build than wood-frame or precast concrete buildings, they are extremely flexible and give the option to expand existing structures at a later time. Furthermore, steel buildings are highly sustainable and energy-efficient.

The simplest way to determine the best type of steel structure is to work with a building designer, such as Facility Builders and Erectors. Trained experts can help project owners decide on every design element from top to bottom.

Designers work directly with project owners to fully understand how the building will be used and to determine the accessories needed to bring the concept to fruition. Design considerations include multiple factors such as live, dead, collateral, seismic loads, deflection tolerances, wind uplift, and other environmental conditions.

If you are in need of additional information about steel buildings or in the process of choosing a qualified building designer or erector, we encourage you to get in touch with us.

Facility Builders and Erectors have been helping customers create customized commercial steel buildings since 1993. Our highly trained team members possess the skills and equipment to deliver a high quality product that is durable, energy efficient, and capable of withstanding all types of weather conditions. Click here to contact us by phone or email.