Steel Building Construction

By Ken Thomson

Steel building construction is a specialty field that involves erecting prefabricated structures according to client specifications. Since this type of structure is custom designed, the construction process is determined by various factors such as size, location, load ratings, local building codes, and the manner in which the building will be used.

There are multiple steps involved with steel building construction. The first phase begins by working with a design builder who develops architectural blueprints and prepares cost estimates.

Designers work directly with clients to determine width, length, height, roof slope, framed openings, and loading factors. Calculating loading is one of the most crucial aspects of designing steel buildings because it affects the way structures are engineered. Loading factors are calculated in four areas, which include dead, live, snow, and wind. Seismic factors also affect design calculations.

Other considerations include roofing materials, insulation, windows, doors, color, and trim selections. Working with an experienced design builder will simplify the process and help clients select the features best suited for the way they will use the building.

The second phase of construction involves finding an experienced steel building erector. While it might seem as if erecting a prefab building is a simple task, it requires craftsmen trained to assemble the multiple components that make up the structure.

The building's structural integrity relies upon proper assembly. Properly assembled buildings have, as a whole, performed very well in earthquakes when other building types have sustained significant damage. Because of this it is crucial to work with erectors experienced in the specific type of structure. Doing so maximizes project efficiency and ensures the building will be structurally sound.

Phase three encompasses the construction process. Contracts are drawn up between metal building contractors, electricians, plumbers, and any subcontractors needed to finish the job. Schedules are prepared so each contractor can have a timeline to complete their tasks.

The time needed to complete construction varies dependent on structure size and design elements. A bare-bones building might go up in a day or two, while a structure with doors, windows, trim, insulation, and other features could take weeks or months. Every steel building is unique, so there is no one-size-fits-all timeframe.

The construction phase is often the easiest part of the process. Project owners must handle many details before buildings can be erected. Every element requires careful consideration and substantial planning.

When projects involve commercial or industrial construction it can be advantageous to hire a project manager or design builder. These individuals assume responsibility for architectural and building duties and oversee projects from start to finish.

There are numerous benefits associated with metal buildings. They can be used in many applications ranging from tiny storage sheds to expansive aerospace or manufacturing facilities.

They are cost-effective, low-maintenance, durable, and easy to construct. Better yet, steel buildings are recognized as being green since approximately 70 percent of the building is produced from recycled content.

The team at Facility Builders and Erectors possesses years of experience in steel building construction. Our highly trained staff members assist project owners throughout the design and build process to deliver structures safely and acceptably. Get in touch with us to discuss your next building project.