Steel Churches : A Modern Pulpit
Grow your congregation with warm, strong and affordable steel
Energy efficient and 100% recyclable, steel is the perfect solution for new church buildings or expansion projects.
For the budget-conscious, steel lets you build quickly and easily. Volunteers can help erect a new church or outbuilding with excellent acoustics and wide open spaces to gather and worship. Engineered to withstand gale-force winds, hurricanes, even earthquakes, your congregation is safe in the hands of a steel building.
Detailed below are some of the most important features and benefits associated with modern metal buildings:
The creation of sacred space has become somewhat of an art form within the last several decades and is not to be taken lightly. Much thought and planning goes into the building of a structure that will meet the spiritual, spatial, and aesthetic needs of the congregation now and for many years to come. While seldom considered in the past to be a desirable building material for churches, steel has slowly made inroads into the industry due to the advancement in engineering and design technology in recent years. More and more people have come to see the distinct advantages to building their church with steel, and in particular a Pre-engineered Steel Building or PEB.* Consider just a few of those advantages:
Imagine having 300 or more feet of vast, open, column-free worship space that can continue to accommodate more people as your congregation grows. Imagine the amazing acoustics and unobstructed space in which your choir, band, or organist could perform. Imagine a space in which each parishioner has a clear view of the congregation leader and can comfortably listen to and participate in church proceedings.
If you are in need of a new or larger religious facility but are lacking the funds to take on a costly project like traditional church construction at this time, a Pre-engineered Steel Building may be the answer you are looking for. No matter your religion, a pre-engineered steel church building makes it possible to provide a durable, high-quality, and attractive structure at a price that would not be possible with wood.
Engineered to withstand gale-force winds, hurricanes, and even earthquakes, your congregation will be in safe hands in a PEB. In fact, steel-framed church can provide a safe and secure haven for church members and neighbors to shelter down in the event of a big storm or natural disaster.
Because the PEB comes as a kit with all the components pre-cut, pre-drilled, and pre-welded, assembly is fairly simple. Once the initial site work is completed, the building can simply be erected in place, and with proper oversight, much of this can be done by volunteers from the congregation.
Unlike steel buildings of past decades, the modern-day pre-fabricated church building need not resemble an industrial warehouse. Remember, steel only makes up the structure, not the finish. The aesthetics of your church, inside and out, can be customized to look exactly like a traditional church. Exterior finishes could include brickwork or other masonry, wood siding, or simulated or cement stucco. Roofing could be shake, shingle, tile, or even metal. Interiors can be finished with the same materials that a traditional church is finished in. Even stained glass windows can be installed to complete the spiritual ambience.
One of the most compelling advantages of the PEB is the fact that it is expandable to meet not only your congregation’s current needs but future needs as well. In addition to a larger auditorium, your church may at a later time require more office space, a child-friendly room for Sunday School, a sanctuary, a gathering room, or even a theater, gym, or playground. These embellishments can stay within your budget because the PEB can easily be pre-engineered with future expansion in mind. Special component design in specific areas makes future addition of a room or a wing quick and easy, resulting in the least amount of down-time and disruption of your church services.
* For the sake of brevity, this article uses the word “church” to encompass all religious facilities. The same information would apply to a synagogue, temple, mosque, chapel, or any other place people gather for religious purposes.