Importance of Metal Buildings in California

By Ken Thomson

Choosing earthquake-proof metal buildings in California is one of the easiest ways to minimize construction costs without losing structural integrity. These structures are utilized in many cities throughout the Golden State due to their ability to withstand harsh environmental conditions, while being ascetically appealing.

One of the most essential elements of metal buildings in California is the foundation. The manner in which structural components are connected to the foundation is referred to as base condition. This is an important factor in steel building construction. This base condition works with the metal building to ensure the optimum seismic design of the structure.

Due to seismic activity, California building standards codes are strict. Every aspect of metal buildings must comply with California Code of Regulations, including Title 24 set forth by the CA Building Standards Commission.

For ease in compliance it's best to work with qualified general contractors and building erectors when constructing or expanding steel structures. Professionals can offer invaluable guidance that saves time and money and ensures code compliance and structural integrity.

Design options for metal buildings have greatly advanced in recent years. Gone are the plain, warehouse-looking structures used primarily in agricultural and public works. Today, steel frames are used for everything from private residences to state of the art office buildings, retail stores, and churches. These structures look nearly identical to conventionally constructed buildings and include appealing architectural designs and interior finishings.

The benefits of steel buildings are numerous. One of the most attractive is the reduced cost of building materials and labor force. Prefabricated buildings are assembled onsite; allowing them to be erected quickly and minimizes the need of expensive construction equipment.

Newly constructed metal buildings and expansions might be eligible for tax breaks and credits by implementing green technologies and renewable energy sources. Metal buildings are recognized as "green" and "eco-friendly" because they have over 70 percent recyclable content.

Adding in renewable energy technologies can provide savings for years to come while conserving natural resources. Popular choices in CA are wind turbines, solar panels, and geothermal systems.

Prefabricated wall panels are offered in a variety of styles and colors, along with exterior facades. Exterior wall panels can be further protected from environmental elements by using one of the many 30 year warranted finishes.

Figuring out available options can become an overwhelming process; particularly when steel building construction involves industrial and public works projects. Working with an experienced design builder can simplify the process and ensure you take advantage of all available money-saving options.

Let the knowledgeable team of Facility Builders and Erectors help you select design elements for your next metal building project. We have over 20 years experience in designing and erecting steel structures to satisfactorily meet our clients' expectations.

Whether you need a conceptual study and analysis or a complete turnkey system, we have a solution. We are a premier steel building contractor and erector specializing in commercial, industrial, and public works metal buildings in California and the west coast Click here for our contact information or give us a call at 714-577-8060.