7 Components of a Pre-Engineered Steel Building

Pre-engineered steel buildings may appear to be an expensive option but it can save you a lot of construction investment, time, money spent on maintenance or replacement, and hiring of construction workers.  Whether it is improving homes or expanding businesses, pre-engineered steel buildings can complement your existing living and work space and are scalable to meet your specific project needs today and ten or more years from today.

The term “prefabricated” means that a lot of pre-site construction work is performed at the factory before the structure is delivered to the project site. At the site, there is little work to be undertaken to build and assemble the structure. There are many reasons to consider a pre-engineered steel building, a few important reasons are listed below:

1. Efficient and Shorter Construction

Construction can be a complex and long process, especially when starting from the foundation to building the entire steel structure ground up. With a pre-engineered option, there is no need for excavation; the building is manufactured at the factory, brought to site, built to accommodate an existing foundation and assembled at the construction site. Pre-engineered steel buildings eliminate the need for an architect. The design is efficient allowing for prefabricated steel frames to quickly be assembled.

The delivery is roughly six to eight weeks and turnaround is much quicker roughly three weeks to erect, (depending on complexity and work conditions) compared to a conventional steel building construction. For instance a 10,000 square feet prefabricated steel building can be completed in under three months.

Another benefit is that pre-engineered steel buildings are built with custom sized beams matching the exact shape and thickness of the building whereas traditional steel structures use a standard sized I-beam that may result in excessive purchase of I-beams.

2. Compliance to Building Codes

While the steel structure is being manufactured and fabricated at the factory, they are being reviewed for compliance with regional building codes. This means that the prefabricated structure delivered on site is already code compliant and reduces the amount of time needed to acquire approvals and building permits. Pre-engineering steel buildings can support any local building codes and regulations.

3. Low Maintenance

Little or no money is spent on restoration and renovations for a pre-engineering steel building. Should an upgrade be needed, the building element can easily be manufactured and replaced.

4. Modular, Scalable and Customization

The steel frame buildings can be ordered in any size or dimension that are customizable for the intended space or operation requirements. The building is designed to meet the project’s specific needs which includes size, shape, interior finishes and more. The prefabricated steel building can accommodate an expansion in 5 or 10 years as they are built with future expansion in mind.

5. Cost -Efficiency

A pre-engineered steel building is economical, inexpensive to construct as well as cost efficient to operate throughout the life of the facility. It is most likely that the architectural and structural designs are also included in the price of the pre-engineered steel building.

6. Quality Control

Quality is controlled at the factory where the entire structure is prefabricated by a single source that has control of all the construction activities unlike a conventional steel building that involves a contractor and several sub-trades all working at the same time on various components of the building.

Quality for a prefabricated steel building means that the entire design and all parts are tested and proven to work together whereas a conventional steel structure, requires careful planning, more efforts and constant monitoring as the structure is built in separate phases and there is a lot of interaction amongst, owners, architects, engineers, contractors and subcontractors during construction.

7. Environmental Factors

Prefabricated steel buildings are recognized for not releasing pollutants unlike treated wood and other building materials. Steel is also 100% recyclable. There are many benefits when considering a prefabricated steel building, however, one most important factor is the longevity of the building. A proper design and prefabricated steel structure provides long-term durability.