10 Best Reasons to Choose a Steel Building

There are several great reasons to choose a pre-fabricated building kit. From the smallest storage building and garage to the largest industrial warehouse, all can be erected choosing a durable, amazing metal framing kit.

1. Pre-engineered metal buildings provide speedier delivery service and construction time.

A metal building kit, with all the pieces prefabricated, slashes construction time by one third. Delivery is in only about five weeks. You just put the kit together as specified in the step-by-step manual- like a gigantic erector set. Many structures can be built by a beginner building crew.

2. A pre-fab building promises greater protection of your financial investment.

Your building is actually a financial investment, so demand the best possible protection from the elements. Each steel building is designed specifically for the unique building codes in a county. The kit is manufactured to satisfy or surpass all wind loads, snowfall loads, or seismic conditions distinct to your area.

3. Steel-framed buildings produce long-lasting value.

As much as 15%-20% of wood framing needs to be dumped because of substandard quality. Pre-fabricated steel framing kits are produced to stringent guidelines, so that each piece is consistent in quality. What little waste is leftover on the job location can be sold for recycling.

4. Pre-fab metal buildings use extremely strong bolts and screws.

Durable, rigid steel-framed structures are designed to be assembled with high-strength bolts and self-drilling fasteners, which hold better and much longer than staples and nails.

5. A steel building is friendly to the environment.

Steel is actually the most reprocessed substance on our planet and can be recycled repeatedly without any reduction in quality. Adding higher R-value insulation to your kit will also conserve utilities.

6. Complete your metal building with any appealing facade material.

Your new building can be finished in any traditional exterior building material, including care-free external steel panels, that often carry a 30-year guarantee.

7. Increasing square footage is easy in steel buildings.

As your necessities change, simply add onto your metal building at either endwall.

8. Steel is an inorganic building material.

Unlike lumber, steel will not attract mold, fungus, subterranean termites, or vermin. A correctly grounded metal building is also highly unlikely to suffer damage from a lightning strike.

9. Enjoy complete floor plan freedom with a pre-fab metal building kit.

Because premium metal buildings are designed to take advantage of the full strength of steel, no load-bearing inside walls are required. If your specifications change, remodeling is straightforward. Adding or deleting interior walls does not change the structural integrity of the building.

10. Save extra money on insurance coverage for metal buildings.

It may be possible to warrant construction insurance price breaks for a steel building. Plus, construction insurance is needed for a shorter time, since pre-fabricated metal buildings are much faster to build. Additionally, it is possible to save more with a discounted insurance rate for your completed building. (Consult your insurance agent for availability.)

Now you know why over half of all of the low-rise commercial buildings in America today are framed with steel.

Items That Are Helpful to Know Before Meeting With a Building Consultant

A building consultant is an expert professional who can work with you on any building issue. Queensland’s thriving building industry has some of the best building consultants in Australia. These are the people you need to help you clarify issues and solve problems. While doing this, they’ll save you a lot of worry and a lot of money.

How to know when you need an expert

Building is a very technical business and a complex science, even for professionals. The industry is the workplace of engineers, experts in building science, and architects. Australia has more than its fair share of specialists, particularly building consultants in Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast and other major building markets.

What a building consultant can do for you

Building consultants have a pretty wide range of roles, often in combinations. Their services include:

  • Design consultation
  • Home structural issues
  • Technical advice
  • Renovations construction issues
  • Second opinions
  • Site issues
  • Approvals

Whatever you’re trying to do, a building consultant is a good option to cover all the angles, particularly technical issues. Some types of building, including renovations, may also involve complex statutory issues and planning considerations. Queensland building consultants know these things chapter and verse, so you’ve come to the right place.

Information is the basis of good consultation- what the building consultant needs to know

The key to good consultation is objectivity. The best approach is to create a clear picture of what you’re trying to achieve. To do the job properly, a consultant will require a good knowledge base. When setting up your meeting, it’s a good idea to ask what information is required, and suggest anything else you may want to discuss.

The consultation process- A two way dialog

A consultation can get a lot done in a hurry. You’ll find your consultant is well organized, and knows what to ask, as well as the answers to questions. The basic format for a consultation is a discussion of objectives, ideas and methods. The consultant structures the process creating a good working model for organizing the discussion and make sure to cover all the issues.

Problem solving

Specific problems need to be managed. Explain the problem like a storyline, beginning to end. This explains how the problem developed, which is exactly what your building consultant needs to know. The consultant will probably ask a few more questions, and then outline options. The questions will relate to what’s acceptable to you as a solution.

Decision making without the worry

A consultant can take the stress out of decision making. Some problems can be solved easily by professionals that can baffle anyone else. This also gives you some further perspectives about possibilities and better still, clear options.

Really, there’s no need to worry about a problem a professional Queensland building consultant can solve for you easily. You can make your decisions with a clear picture and no worries at all.

General Church Building Guidelines

The follow church building guidelines are an excerpt from the authors’ book, “Before You Build“. These church building guidelines have been compiled from a variety of sources including years of experience seeing what really works, and what doesn’t. Use these guidelines as a starting point for planning, but please note these are general guidelines for a church building program, and every one of these has exceptions and modifiers based on your particular needs.

In general, you should estimate approximately 1 acre per hundred people. This allows for your building, adequate parking, green space, recreation and storm water management. This space requirement would be greatly reduced in a metropolitan area where on-street or public parking is available.

Plan for 1 parking space for every 2.25 people on campus at one time. This will probably be less than the required parking by the city or county, but will more accurately reflect actual need. Initially you will be able to get away with less parking, however, you need to plan for adequate parking for the total capacity of the facilities, even if you decide to grow into it over time.

To get a good idea of parking requirements for a future building program, have someone go into the parking lot and count cars over a several week period along with taking a good attendance of everyone on campus. Divide the total average attendance (men, women and children) by the average number of cars. The result will probably be somewhere around 2 to 2.5 people per car. Multiply this number by the capacity of your new facility and this will tell you how many parking spaces you will eventually need in order to park everyone to fill your building to capacity.

Estimate on-site parking to be approximately 100-110 cars per acre. Structured parking (parking decks/garages) is VERY expensive. While structured parking can dramatically increase parking per acre, use only as a last resort due to the high cost of construction.

Sanctuary seating requirements typically range from 10 to 15 square feet per person, depending on layout, seating type, seating pattern, and total size of the sanctuary. Stage area should be calculated separately from seating area, which may vary greatly between churches.

Using chairs instead of pews will generally allow you to seat more people in the same space, perhaps as much as 20% more. Chairs also allow you to reconfigure your sanctuary as needed to support various types of use (weddings, Sunday morning service, events, community use, fellowship, etc.)

The Vestibule/Lobby/Narthex should be about 2 square feet per person in the worship center. Normally this will be approximately 15-20% sanctuary seating space. If you plan on running multiple services, you should consider increasing this to facilitate the “shift change”.

Classrooms range in size from 12 square feet per person (for adults) to 35 square feet per person in the room (nursery and toddlers), depending on the age group using the space.

Almost no church is built with enough storage, janitorial and working space.

A high school size basketball court is 50×84 feet. Adding modest space around the edge of the court for out of bounds, plus allowing for restrooms, storage rooms, multipurpose rooms, etc., means that you are probably looking at a minimum of 7,500-8,000 square feet of building.

Individual offices are usually recommended to be a minimum of 120 square feet and pastor’s offices a minimum of 150 square feet (with a recommended size of 300 square feet). Cubicles in open workspace areas range from approximately 48 to 105 square feet, although they may be as small as 4’x4″ (16 square feet).

Round tables in the fellowship hall will reduce seating capacity by 20% or more. In calculating space needs, plan on 12 square feet per person for square tables and 15 for round.

Overall, a building with dedicated spaces for sanctuary, fellowship, education, administration and multiuse space may require from 35-55 square feet of space per person, depending on programs, ministries and other factors.

A building with multi-purpose rooms (some rooms used for multiple purposes) may require as little as 23 square feet per person.

Plan on nearly twice the amount of restroom capacity for women than for men.

Hallways should be no less than 6 feet wide. Seriously consider wider halls if you run multiple services in order to facilitate “shift change”. This is especially important around the Sunday school rooms, and area that always seems congested.

Handicap ramps have a slope of no more than 1 inch of drop for every linear foot unless handrails are provided.

Budget approximately 10% of the building cost for new furnishings.

Generally speaking, first floor space on grade is cheaper than basement or 2nd floor space. If you have the room, it is generally better to spread out horizontally instead of vertically in order to minimize cost.

One way to estimate the cost of furniture is to take the floor plan of your new facilities and do a room-by-room inventory of what you would need to buy for that room. The easiest way to do this is in a spreadsheet with columns for room, item description, quantity, item cost and total cost (formula of quantity times item cost). Open a church supplies catalog and assign reasonable prices for each item and let the spreadsheet total the results.

None of the above points should to be construed as advice as to what to build, but only as points of reference to be used in your planning and budgeting process.

With this information, you are now equipped with some general ideas on church construction. As they say, a little knowledge can be dangerous, however, it is less dangerous than a lack of knowledge.

It is generally in the church’s best interest to find an outside consultant, either within the denomination or an independent church building consultant to help mold these general concepts into a definitive plan for your church’s building program. Outside counsel is almost always a wise move as the gap between knowing and not knowing about a matter is much smaller than the gulf between knowing something and doing it right.

Mistakes are easy to make. For more information on how to address critical church building issues, read “Before You Build: Practical Tips & Experienced Advice to Prepare Your Church for a Building Program” available for immediate free download.