Steel Warehouse and Distribution Facilities
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Did you know that pre-engineered and modular steel buildings are custom designed according to your specifications? Or that steel offers the best value for your investment?
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Detailed below are some of the most important features and benefits associated with modern metal buildings:
Across Canada, the United States, and most developed countries pre-engineered steel is the number one choice in warehouse-building materials and methods. As noted in the introductory article in this Business section, steel buildings are desirable because they cost less than their wood-framed counterparts and they are easier to construct, more durable, and result in great savings over the life of the building. For these and many other reasons, a pre-engineered steel warehouse has proven to provide the optimal amount of storage capacity at the lowest possible price. And the icing on the cake is that they are environmentally friendly as well.
Whereas steel warehouses can be engineering in just about any configuration imaginable, the two most common styles are:
While steel warehouse buildings do come in standard sizes and configurations, one is not bound by those standards. They are highly customizable and can be configured in just about any layout you can imagine, giving you the ability to create a warehouse that fits your needs precisely. An independent article written for the North Ontario Business magazine highlighted this point well. It says in part, “While these steel buildings are called ‘pre-engineered,’ they are actually ‘custom-engineered’ and specially designed according to the buyer’s specifications.” 1
Pre-engineering refers to the fact that the various systems and components of a PEB have been carefully designed so as to fit together simply and seamlessly, but this engineering is done after the basic design and layout has been created based on the buyer’s needs and custom specifications. For that reason, as the above article goes on to say, “highly controlled construction [provides] a steel building that is pre-cut and pre-drilled and is ready for assembly in a time that is much shorter than it would take to construct a conventional building.” And Pre-engineered Steel Building manufacturers provide single-source assurance resulting in “more accurate measures since a number of different suppliers are not trying to add their materials and measures to the project.”
Planning a prefabricated steel warehouse building is, without doubt, the most critical stage in your company’s growth. Today, warehouse designs have advanced greatly in their development, creating options that were not available in the past. Your Pre-engineered Steel Building manufacturer will work with you to provide design and feature options to consider and to draw up a game plan that will make getting through your growth plans as painless as possible.
There are a few major factors that will influence the design and construction of your metal warehouse building. Some of these include research regarding the purpose of your warehouse, finding the right location for it to be constructed, and a discussion with experts as to the best way to build your particular project.
Besides cost, building codes must be considered. You will need to research what codes apply in your province, perhaps by calling the governing institution in the city in which you intend to build. You will pass that information on to the PEB manufacturer so that those codes will be taken into consideration when engineering the components of your warehouse. You will also be tasked with providing the desired dimensions of your building including wall height, roof shape and pitch, and interior clearance. In addition, you will need to indicate where you would like to have doors and windows located and what color to paint the walls, roof, and trim.
1 From the article, “How to Choose a Pre-engineered Building System,” written by Pauling Clark for Northern Ontario Business, August 2002