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How does pre-fabricated steel architecture fit into the custom construction industry? Is it widely used by architects on custom designed buildings? Does this lend any sort of advantages to the architectural process? Image Building Systems has a team of experts who can share some insight into the use of pre-fabricated in today’s architecture.

Pre-Engineered Architecture from Steel

Pre-engineered structures have risen drastically in popularity over the years. They have made an appearance in more and more contexts, in both commercial and residential building. But what about architects who design buildings? Is custom construction still largely done the traditional way, or are architects using pre-fabricated buildings more commonly as part of the design process? You may be surprised to learn that architects love to design metal architectural systems from pre-engineered components. Pre-engineered architecture from steel gives architects an advantage in terms of material costs as well as in opening up the possibilities for the completed structures’ design.

You may have noticed, but steel construction has grown in popularity in the business game and become widespread throughout the years. It commonly makes its appearance in industrial settings, commercial buildings, storage and recreational spaces, and even for residential use as well. You may be curious what makes pre-manufactured steel a great choice for construction in all of these contexts, especially business. Perhaps you haven’t yet considered the reasons why steel construction like this may be a great option for your own purposes as well.

Image Building Systems has compiled our insights on the pre-engineered construction process, and what makes it so great for architecture. Feel free to take an in-depth look at the ways you can benefit when you decide to build with pre-engineered steel. It may surprise you, but there is a lot of design flexibility that metal construction has to offer. They also work well in any building context, depending on how you choose to design them.

Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings are a Great Choice for Commercial Buildings

Pre-engineered metal buildings offer an excellent choice for nearly every type of commercial, industrial and public building. They offer so many advantages over other building materials, they have become the “gold standard” option for building design in many commercial applications. These advantages include lower maintenance costs and requirements, lower material and labor costs (with shorter construction timeframes), lower costs to insure metal structures, longer-term durability, greater flexibility of design, lower energy costs, and so many more. These advantages, largely in terms of expenses saved, make pre-engineered metal buildings so strategic for businesses.

They also make pre-engineered metal construction a smart choice for other types of buildings too! Because of their clear span” interior they are a clear choice for equipment storage, storage buildings and warehouse facilities. However, pre-engineered metal buildings are now also utilized by shopping centers, schools, office buildings and even churches.

Choosing the Right Building for the Situation

Constructing a new building or replacing an existing one is one of the most important decisions a business owner or manager of an organization can make. As it’s important to get it right the first time,  pre-engineered metal buildings may be the best option available for many situations previously not considered.

Pre-engineered metal buildings come in various sizes and styles. There are more traditional rectangular “straight wall” styles with gable roofs used in retail stores, office buildings and more. It is easy to add an office building to a warehouse style building of all sizes. You can also “design your own” pre-engineered metal buildings for mini storage and buildings of all kinds.

Because it is easy to design, construct and maintain low profiles, pre-engineered metal buildings are great in the aviation industry for hangers, maintenance, office buildings and other uses. They are also used extensively in agriculture for storing corrosive materials and farm equipment.

If you are looking to construct a building for your community or personal use, pre-engineered metal buildings can give you the great quality, flexible design, and durability you need in a quick, convenient time frame. Your new building will be there, ready for you and fully functional right on time when you need it, no matter what scale of construction you plan on constructing. If you have a tight schedule for constructing your building, pre-engineered metal construction could be a particularly strategic option for you.

Why Are Architects Using Pre-Fabricated Buildings?

When considering pre-engineered metal buildings, business owners need to look at material costs and all the steps in the building process to design to completion. This is important to do, as up-front costs for any building project should stay within your budget, no matter what the long-term benefits of the project may be, and there is a lot that goes into pre-engineered architecture. You want to ensure you will have the funds to complete the project, and maintaining it afterwards will be smooth sailing.

To begin, it is wise to understand the base material being considered and since steel is by far the most durable of all construction materials, it is a good choice even though at the outset, it may seem more expensive that other materials. For a long lasting, durable alternative, nothing beats steel so a business owner is wise to consider the full cost of ownership over the lifetime of the building vs. simply the initial acquisition cost.

When one considers the replacement and maintenance costs associated with other materials, steel is always the winner. Steel required very little maintenance, withstands the ravages of weather over time and maintains its structural integrity far better than wood, brick and other building materials.

Constructing Pre-engineered Metal Buildings

Unlike many other building types, pre-engineered metal buildings offer a clear span interior with no load bearing walls necessary to support the structure itself. The interior is completely free from obstruction by interior columns, and because the pre-engineered steel buildings are engineered to specific dimensions and load capacities, there are few if any surprises during the construction phase.

The components of pre-engineered metal buildings that depend on each other and work together to form an efficient structural system, are constructed off-site. The pre-engineered metal buildings components are then shipped to the construction site from the manufacturer, where the building is erected by construction personnel taking into account all relevant local and federal building codes and environmental factors.

We want to give you the guarantee that our service and product quality will never be second-rate. Quality matters to construction, and it matters to us. Our buildings are reliable, durable, and sturdy. You will be amazed at their long lifespan and minimal need for maintenance, which can be a major convenience for you! Our steel manufacturers are trusted and known for their quality material. We have access to some of the best building material in the world, and we optimize the material we use to maximize its use and waste nothing. Furthermore, the material is some of the most inexpensive and widely available building material out there. This makes visual design affordable and flexible for you.

Benefits to Pre-engineered Metal Buildings

There are so many ways that pre-engineered metal buildings can be advantageous, depending on the context you are building in. Even across the board, there are many that we could choose to name. We have decided to build a concise list of the benefits we find clients mention most often, and which we predict could be important to you as you look at building your own project. These are a number of very important benefits to pre-engineered metal buildings, and they include:

  • Lower Cost of Ownership – steel is the most economical alternative when considering lifetime of a building
  • Flexible Designs – buildings are built to accommodate many types and styles of building
  • Easier to Retrofit – it is much easier to add on to and expand metal buildings because of their modular design
  • Project Completed More Quickly – most pre-engineered metal buildings are completed in about half the time it takes for other building materials
  • Structural Integrity – with steel as their fundamental component, pre-engineered metal buildings offer better integrity than any other material
  • Longer Warranties – because the mean time to failure for pre-engineered metal buildings is so high, manufacturers offer significantly longer warranties than other materials

Pre-engineered metal buildings have long been the go to choice for many different kinds of new buildings and are more recently used for shopping centers, schools, office buildings and even churches. It is easy to see why with all the advantages listed here, and there’s more! Thanks to an experienced team with a great capacity for metal construction projects on any scale, Image Building Systems can offer you the best quality and most affordable metal construction on a super quick, convenient timeframe for you and with a fantastic adherence to your specifications and preferences.

There’s almost nothing you can’t use a space inside a metal structure for! Having the flexibility and versatility a metal structure offers means you can adapt to situations as needed. It’s useful to have this freedom, irregardless of whether your structure is for commercial use, for your community, or for residential purposes, and especially for the business realm. Your imagination does not have to be limited, nor does your project’s function.

Were you worried that steel might not give you the aesthetic you were looking for? That it might be flimsy and unable to hold up under the harsh weather you experience in your climate? That it might take too long or cost too much to construct for your project? That it would be heavy and cumbersome to build? Fear no more, you have no limitations when it comes to steel construction. We can build stronger, more affordable, more versatile structures in a faster timeframe. We can also design any aesthetic you have in mind, and customize your building to fit your functional and visual needs in any context.

Let us Design Metal Architectural Systems for You

Why not hire a steel construction contractor for your next project? You can’t go wrong with a pre-engineered steel structure, and after seeing all the benefits metal for construction can offer you, you have every reason to invest in this great option today. Our team is here and ready to design and build a steel structure we know you’ll love and benefit from for years and years to come. Make an investment in steel construction today, we know you’ll never go back to traditional construction once you experience the difference for yourself.

So it’s time to construct a building for your business, your community, or anything else you need. Why not try pre-engineered steel construction? With this list of benefits, it’s hard for conventional construction methods to compete with pre-engineered metal. You can find anything you might be looking for in a structure at a much lower price, time investment, and environmental impact when you choose pre-fabricated steel. Image Building Systems is also here to offer further consultation on what benefits you may gain in your particular building context.

At Image Building Systems we have 14 years of experience designing, constructing, and erecting metal buildings. Our best source of business remains repeat customers. We know when we complete a building, we are not just handing over a set of keys, we are writing another line in our history. Each building is a promise of craftsmanship to our customers.

We are proud to be able to present every client with a long-standing example of our workmanship and skill. Every building will tell its own story of excellence through diligent planning, attention to detail, careful construction, and timely completion. It is our joy and our honor to be able to offer great service and a lasting product to our clients, and we value every opportunity to help them design and erect a new reflection of great construction and ingenious architectural design.

No matter the type of construction done, the use of the building, or the context for designing a structure, we believe every client should get the best construction work and quality building available to them. We are happy to work with clients in all kinds of contexts to ensure they have access to great construction in any circumstance. Are you looking for construction on a project? We take every project seriously, and pay close attention to the needs of every customer.

Whenever the situation demands affordable structural integrity with plenty of free internal space, pre-engineered metal buildings are wise. Building owners and property managers can rest assured knowing they made the right choice and their buildings will stand the test of time providing long term benefits and the lowest possible long term cost of ownership. If you are interested in the options and benefits of pre-engineered metal construction for your own project, contact Image Building Systems today! We are excited to connect with you and find out how we can help with your construction project.