Top 5 Things to Consider When Planning a Steel Building

 

Contracting a steel building is a big endeavour, but these tips will help you get started!

When you are planning to construct any building, there are a number of things to consider. Typically, a project that is preplanned tends to go smoother and with fewer hiccups. There are 5 things you should consider when contracting steel buildings.

 

1. Choosing the Right Contractor for the Job

While the decision to go with steel as a building material may have been an easy one, choosing a contractor for the project can be daunting.

One of the things you need to consider when choosing a contractor for your steel building is experience. Steel building contracting is not a small feat, each step of the design process is intricate and a contractor who is not experienced can be a major roadblock during this journey.

Make sure you ask for references from the contractor you choose and complete your own background check. Look for reviews, positive and negative, and ask their reference personnel questions about their experience working with the contractor.

Check your contract thoroughly to make sure the contractor you chose will be there for every step of the process.

 

2. The Layout and Orientation of Your Steel Building

The layout and orientation of your building are some of the first things you will want to decide before building your steel structure.

One of the first steps in building your steel building is making important decisions about the space itself.  How much space do you need for the shop, the shipping bay, the main office, etc? Once you have decided what type of space and layout you want for your steel building, the areas will need to be arranged accordingly to maximize the efficiency and potential of your design.

The many options for span or building width is one of the main advantages of building a steel structure. However, the building width also determines the building’s cost per square foot.

The larger the building width, the higher the cost per square foot is. You can save costs by determining the layout, and placing the interior columns in optimum places.

The orientation of your building is the other primary option you should decide on while planning the construction of a steel building. This will depend on what you are using your building for. For example: If you are constructing a steel office building, you may want the sun to shine through in the morning. Therefore, your steel structure should face towards the south.

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3. The Location and Amount of Bracing

The exterior walls of your steel building will require some form of lateral bracing. When choosing the location for this lateral support, framed openings like garage doors and shipping bay entrances must be taken into consideration.

Cross-bracing is the most cost-effective options for the lateral support of steel buildings.  Cross-bracing is required in every third of the fourth bay. The amount of bracing required will depend on crane loads, building span, and building loads.

There cannot be bays with truck or man doors in areas with cross bracing. Windows are permitted i​​​​​​​f the crossbrace is positioned behind the window.

You can add other options like portal frames but this can add to the cost of your steel building, so proper planning and layout for this design element is paramount.

 

4. Your Insulation of Choice

Many people wonder if steel buildings require insulation. The answer is yes: If you want to reduce your energy consumption, lower your power bill, prevent condensation, and give you steel building some soundproofing, insulation is the way to go!

Having the correct amount and type of insulation will assist in lowering your energy bills. Steel buildings can be insulated with advanced insulation systems such as rigid board and fiberglass insulation.

While other types of buildings like wood buildings, are not as compatible with the newer types of insulation, steel buildings allow their owners to maximize the efficiency of their structure with these types of insulation.

The insulation system for your steel building is becoming more important economically due to energy code provisions being increased.

Typically, batt insulation with a durable vapor barrier laminated to the backside is used as a cost-effective way to insulate steel buildings. However, this type of insulation is becoming obsolete due to the new energy code requirements.

Other insulating options include rain screen built-up systems, fiberglass, insulated metal panels, and rigid board insulation. Choosing a type of insulation is very important, this decision will be a factor in the cost of contracting your steel building and potentially save you money in the future.

 

5. The Possibility of Future expansion

When a business grows and needs to expand its headquarters, this can be a roadblock to success, as some types of buildings are not easily expanded. Steel buildings are easy to expand after completion. This makes steel a great option to house a growing business.

 

JDG Construction Is Here to Help You

Planning the construction of your steel building is a big job and you may need some assistance during the process. Since 1985, JDG Construction has helped individuals and businesses with the construction of their steel buildings.

JDG’s team can answer any questions you have about the design process and begin construction of your steel building whenever you are ready. We are one of the most recognized leaders in steel innovation for a reason!

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JDG Construction Management - the Vancouver Steel Building Company that specialized in steel construction buildings. In their 35-year history the company has introduced new building designs with guarantees of using the highest grades of steel available and competitive pricing. JDG Construction has successfully constructed steel buildings in Canada and the United States including: Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario in Canada, and the States of Washington and Nevada in the USA.
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