Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Prefab Building for a House of Worship?

Prefabricated House of Worship.

Whether you are looking to expand to a larger house of worship or break ground for the first time, a prefabricated steel building is most likely your answer. Regardless of your faith, a prefabricated building will transform your dreams into a reality while keeping it affordable.  Below are a few reasons to consider a prefabricated steel building for a house of worship.

Custom Design:

A prefabricated building can be custom designed to your congregation’s needs, ensuring that a prefabricated building can serve the congregations for years to come. The appearance of your house of worship can be customized. There are several types of external finishes, including brickwork, stone, masonry, wood siding, stucco, and stained-glass windows if you’d like! Additionally, prefab steel buildings can accommodate most uses, such as:
  • Meeting halls
  • Recreational centers
  • Classrooms
  • Nursery or preschool
  • Dining hall
  • Offices

Many of these additions can be achieved with a pre-fabricated steel structure.
Anatomy of a Steel Building

Future proof:

Size and scale doesn’t matter initially because steel buildings can be expanded easily to accommodate future growth and designed for a congregation of any size. Prefab steel buildings require minimal maintenance which lowers costs overtime. Steel buildings are also energy efficient, fire, termite and mold resistant.


Choosing a prefabricated steel building offers a high-quality, strong and sturdy structure at an affordable price. Many prefabricated buildings are engineered to withstand earthquakes, gale-force winds, and even hurricanes. A prefabricated house of worship will put your congregation in safe hands. In fact, houses of worship are often used as Shelters-in-place (SIP) in hurricane-prone areas of the United States.
Prefab building is significantly more affordable when compared to more traditional options such as brick and wood. Steel is relatively inexpensive which makes for a more affordable product. The cost of labor is significantly less because the components for a metal building are prefabricated. Anyone from metal erectors to congregation members can assist with the assembly of your prefab house of worship. In comparison to traditional construction methods, prefabricated steel buildings can be erected twice as fast. In many instances the fast assembly process makes it more convenient because it’s less of a distraction to the everyday environment around the church. This means less time and money spent on your new house of worship and more time in it.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Things to Consider Before Purchasing an Indoor Sports Complex

Indoor Sports Complex

An indoor sports complex is perfect for indoor track, basketball, indoor football, gymnastics, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, equestrian facilities and professional sporting teams. Let us go over a few things to consider when purchasing.

Ensuring that your indoor Sports Complex is properly zoned is an absolute must. This can impact you beyond being able to build. Your building department should be the first stop before purchasing a Sports Complex. Your local building department can help guide you with all the necessary rules for permitting your project.
Parking requirements:
Some would think this is not a big deal, however, parking extends beyond accommodating customer’s cars. Parking lots can be used to host events outside of your prefab sports complex. Additionally, the added space could be used to extend a game or indoor activity from inside to out.
Anatomy of a Steel BuildingCeiling height:
A minimum ceiling height of 24’ is needed for any indoor prefabricated sports complex. Depending on the use, 20’ ceiling height could be used, however, taller is better.
In most cases, due to increasingly stringent building codes, your permit/building department will require the building to have insulation to permit and ultimately build. Furthermore, insulation has excellent acoustic properties. This way you can keep the game going late into the night and not be a bother to the surrounding business/community. Lastly, consider a heavy-duty vinyl or PVC faced insulation for durability and longevity.
Your business plan:
Who are your customers? Do you plan on serving a wide-range of sports? (turf sports, court sports, fitness centers, etc). If yes, what consideration are there, court size, construction/design, equipment.

Other types of use/considerations for an indoor sports complex

  • Indoor inflatable playground
  • Trampoline Park
  • Bowling
  • Laser tag arena
  • Bumper cars
  • Rock climbing tower
  • Ropes course
  • Arcade games — including new virtual reality games
  • Party and meeting space
  • On-site dining – full kitchen as well as beer, wine and soft drinks
  • Community meeting space – free for partner sports clubs and organizations to utilize

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comment section.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Anatomy of a Steel Building: A Four Part Series

Anatomy of a Steel Building: Roof and Wall Sheeting

There are several types of panels that can be used as exterior/interior walls and roof. Almost every kind of panels utilize exposed fasteners, which are used to attach panels to a surface, structure or each other. For the sake of time and to not bore you to death, we will focus on the most commonly used exposed fastener panels, PBR (Purlin Bearing Rib) and R panels, paint and protective coatings and some best practices. If you haven’t caught up with the rest of the blogs in this series, Anatomy of a Steel Building, click here.
Note: Standing seam panels are durable and maintenance-free roofing systems which are installed using a clip and interlock design. Their main purpose is to conceal the fasteners and prevent water from leaking into your steel building.

PBR and R Panel:

PBR and R metal panels are the most commonly used for a wide variety of architectural, agricultural, commercial and industrial prefabricated metal buildings. PBR and R panels are low-maintenance and durable. PBR panels adds extra protection against the elements by including a purlin bearing leg, which overlaps between panels sealing out moisture and wind. See detail below.

  • Coverage Width – 36″
  • Minimum Slope – 1/2:12
  • Gauge – standard 26 and 24, 22 options
  • Exposed Fastening System
  • Rib Spacing – 12″ on center
  • Rib Height – 1-1/4″

Paint and Protective Coatings.

For both protection and decoration, nearly all prefab steel structure companies offer some type of finish for metal roofing and wall sheeting. Here are a few of the most common painted and protective coating systems used for roofing and wall sheeting.
Most roof and wall sheeting are constructed from commercial grade steel. The steel panels are then coated with Galvalume. (consisting of 55% aluminum, 43.4% zinc and 1.6% silicon over the base metal) This coating has superior corrosion resistance, which can more than double the life span of a metal panel
Kynar resin or PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride), offers long-life protection for aluminum, galvanized and anodized steel. Kynar paint systems can withstand harsh ultra-violet rays of the sun and the degrading effects of weather extremes from the equator to the arctic. As will most finishes, Kynar paint can be washed with conventional detergents and solvents. Additionally, panels with Kynar usually come with a longer limited warranty on fading, chalking, cracking, and airborne pollutants.
Silicone polyester:
Silicon Polyester is applied to steel sheeting and then baked on for durability and longevity. There are typically more color options with Silicon Polyester than with Kynar, however Silicon Polyester systems usually offer a 25-year finish warranty. Check with your steel structure provider or manufacture for details.

Best practice:

If you do not plan to erect shortly after you receive your metal building, ensure panels are stored properly to prevent moisture damage. Elevate one end of your steel sheeting bundle to allow moisture to drain. You can use a 2”x4” or wood blocking to elevate the one end (Make sure to separate wall and roof sheeting). Loosely cover with waterproof tarp to allow proper air circulation and inspect daily and dry if necessary. Additionally, make sure that the foundation is square, level, and correct to the out-to-out steel line dimensions. Lastly, prevailing wind, main traffic area, etc. should be taken into consideration when sheeting roof and walls.

There you have it. We hope you enjoyed our series on the Anatomy of a Steel Building. And as promised, gift from us to you. We hope you’ll find it helpful. 

Anatomy of a Steel Building

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Anatomy of a Steel Building: Accessories Prefab Buildings Can’t Do Without.

Anatomy of a Steel Building: Accessories

One of the most appealing aspects of a prefabricated metal building are the host of accessory options to choose from. From bikes to trains to video games, the range and function of accessories for prefabricated metal buildings are almost endless. In this, the third in a four part blog series of the anatomy of a steel building, we will discuss the main accessories most prefabricated metal buildings can’t do without and a few we think you should know. And if you haven’t read part 1 and 2 of this blog series go back to get helpful information and tips to further your understanding of the anatomy of a steel building.

The Must Haves

Walk Door and Optional Accessories:
Standard walkdoors are the most common type of accessory. Pre-assembled and constructed from 20-to-16 gaged galvanized steel and include an insulated core. The R-Value should be considered when used in colder climates. Check with your prefabricated steel building manufacturer for details. Size options for walkdoors are usually  3’x 7’ or 6’ x 7’ commonly referred to as 3070 or 6070. Leaf options range from Flush, Half-Glass and Narrow.  All walkdoors should be all keyed with Commercial Grade 2 entry lockset and are ADA compliant.

Tip: Please note that standard walkdoors are not wind rated. For pricing and availably on wind rated walkdoors, ask your project manager or coordinator.

Optional Door Accessories:

Walkdoors have a few extremely helpful accessory options such as,
  • Heavy Duty Closers
  • Panic Device with lever lockset
  • Mortise Lock with Lever
    • Combines the benefits of lock and deadbolt function and meets ADA requirements
  • Removable Mullion (6070 only)
  • Textured Door Skins
    • In lieu of standard 20 ga. Skin door.
Pro Tip: Walkdoors can be hinged to swing left or right and open inside or out.

Most windows made for prefabricated metal buildings have standard features which include self-flashing/self-framing systems, (which make for simple installation), rigid aluminum frame construction and an insulated/non-insulated option. Size options range from 3030,4030,6030. Optional subframe systems provide added structural support and rigidity.

Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts protect from water damage by diverting rainwater, melting snow and heavy condensation from the roof by diverting it elsewhere. Failure to use gutters and downspouts can affect the quality and durability of your prefab building.

Insulation helps save energy and lower your energy bill as well. For more information, check out our blog, Getting the Right Metal Building Insulation Saves Energy and Lowers Your Energy bill.

Some Honorable mentions

Translucent and Wall Light Panel Options
  • Translucent Panels take the place of a standard roof panel allowing for natural sunlight to enter, cutting down on energy consumption. Translucent panels come in both insulated and non-insulated options and are 10’x8” in size.
Note: Classic Roof Translucent Panels cannot be placed from side to side, end to end, or at the eave of a building.

  • Wall Light Panels
Commonly used in lieu of windows to allow for even more light to enter. Size range from 5’x4” to 10’x8” for both Accent and Classic wall types.
Note: Wall Light Panels cannot run the full length or width of a building and usually start roughly 5’ below the eave and terminate between a start and stop run of wall sheeting.

  • Ridge Vents
Ridge vents are designed to provide a gravity type ventilation allowing for free airflow which helps with venting heat and circulating air.
Ridge Vents

Note: Due to the airflow design, some penetration of water during blowing rains is possible, however, unlikely with the use of foam closure strips.

One accessory that was not mentioned, however, needs a shout out, are roll up/garage doors. These door systems are a must have for any prefab metal building. We often suggest getting your doors locally, mainly because local companies offer maintenance packages and service calls with  purchase; check with your local supplier.

We hope you found this to be helpful, and that we answered a question or two. Please note we only mentioned a few must haves as there are several options to choose from; please contact your building manufacturer for a list of options available. Next we will discuss the different types of roof and wall sheeting used by prefabricated metal buildings. And as promised, a gift from us to you, we think might be of some value. So stay tuned….

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Anatomy of a Steel Building: Standing Seam and Screw Down Roofing Systems.

Anatomy of a Steel Building: Standing Seam and Screw Down Roofing Systems.

Last week, in our 4-part blog series titled, The Anatomy of a Steel Building:Rigid Frames, Purlins & Girts,  we discussed the different types of first and secondary support systems in a prefab steel building. We suggest going back and reading that post once you’re done here. This week’s topic of discussion is two standard types of roofing systems, the differences  between them, and the pros and cons for both.

Standing Seam:

The standing seam panel is amongst the most versatile, durable and maintenance-free types of roofing system. Standing seam panels are installed using a clip and interlock design which conceals fasteners and prevents water from leaking in. See figure below of a typical detail for a double lock panel.
Please note this is just one of many types of standing seam panels. Check with the steel structure company you are working with to see other available options.

                                          Double Lock Standing Seam Panel

  • The panels for standing seam systems are usually 24-22-gauge Galvalume steel.
  • Due to their concealed fasteners, the interlock design of a standing seam panel keeps water out.
  • Does not require routine maintenance.
  • Is ideal when the need for large R-value insulation systems are needed.
  • Standing seam panels are typically more expensive to that of traditional screw down panels due to the thickness of the metal and the maintenance free interlocking design.
  • The price for installation is usually more expensive.
  • Special hand/powered seamers are required for installation.
  • Standing seam panels should be inspected more often in areas that have high-wind, although this should not be a problem.

Pop Quiz:
What component assists in bracing the structure and allows for roof panels to attach?
  • Rigid Frame
  • Girts
  • Purlins
Leave your answer in the comment section.

Screw Down Roof:

Like most standing seam panels, screw down panels attached to a prefab steel building with fasteners. However, despite being made from the same material, the two are considerably different.  As the name implies, the panels of a screw down roof are,…well,…..screwed down – leaving the fasteners exposed. The panels overlap each other almost in a layered like fashion while the fasteners attach the roof sheeting to the main structure and each other. (More details to come with specific information for unloading, storing and installing roof panels best practice) See figure below of a typical detail of a roof panel.

PBR Panel

  • Roof sheeting is usually less expensive to that of the standing seam panel.
  • Save time and money on installation.
  • Does not require additional tools to install.
  • Exposed fasteners on screw down roof.
  • Easy to install, easier to install incorrectly. Please READ all installation/erection manuals that come with your building.
  • Does not support large R-value insulation.

Make sure you understand your needs and the needs of the project before deciding which roof system to go with. Are you in colder climate and require an uncompressed, high R-value insulation? Does your city have requirements as to which type of roof system you can use? Is money an issue? As always, please make sure you are communicating with your local permit/building departments and project manager or coordinator you are working with from the prefabricated metal building company.

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Anatomy of a Steel Building: First and Secondary Support Systems.

Anatomy of a Steel Building: First and Secondary Support Systems -Rigid Frames, Purlins & Girts.

Rigid Frame(s)
Rigid frames are the main support system of a prefabricated metal building and is the most crucial component of the anatomy of a steel building. Nothing comes close for both lateral and vertical loads, especially for clear span conditions, then a rigid frame. The base of the rigid frame column is attached to a concrete foundation with anchor bolts.

Tip: Check with the steel structure company you are working with for they may not provide anchor bolts. These are usually identified by the project structural engineer.

Let’s look at some of the different types of rigid framing systems and standard frame systems profiles.

Framing Systems:  (Figure 1A)
  • Rigid Frame (RF)
  • Rigid Frame Multi-Spam (RF-1)
  • Tapered Beam (TB)
  • Single Slope (SS)
  • Single Slope Multi-Span (SS)
  • Lean-to (LT)
Standard Frame Profiles:
  • Rigid Frame (RF)
  • Tapered Beam (TB)
  • Single Slope (SS)
  • Lean-to (LT)
Benefits of using rigid frames:
  • Design and size flexibility.
  • Efficient design capabilities.
  • Economical start-up cost.
  • Fast construction.
  • Permanence with non-combustible materials.
  • Load requirements designed to fit your needs.

Additionally, the strength and durability of using rigid frames in the end walls means you have greater design options. This is optional and might not be standard with most buildings as the end walls are usually constructed with end wall post and beams.

Let’s move on to the secondary support systems of the anatomy of a steel building.

Purlins & Girts:
Purlins are horizontal members or “studs” that run down the length of the roof. They attach the main frames, were the roof sheeting is then fastened. The cold rolled form sections are pre-punched to assist with easy erection.  The Purlins are coated in hot dip galvanized or gray/red oxide primer.
  • Depth Range
    • 8, 10, and 12
  • Gauge of thinness
    • 10-16 gauge
Like purlins, girts assist in bracing the structure. They run horizontal attaching to the sidewall and/or end-wall columns. Girts can be rolled formed “ZEE” bypass or “ZEE” flush (Figure 1B) and are coated in hot dip galvanized or gray/red oxide primer.
  • Depth Range
    • 8, 10, and 12
  • Gauge of thinness
    • 10-16 gauge
  • Form Range (Figure 1C)
    • “C”
    • “Zee”

In short, rigid frames are the main support system of a prefabricated metal building. Purlins and girts assist in bracing the structure and act as an anchor point for roof and wall sheeting to attach. Next week we will describe the difference between Standing Seam and screw down roofing systems.

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Figure 1A
Figure 1B

“Zee” Bypass
Anatomy of a Steel Building

“Zee” Flush
Figure 1C

 “C” Form
“Zee” Form

Anatomy of a Steel Building: A Four Part Series

The Neck Bone Connected to the Rigid Frame?

The terminology for prefabricated metal buildings can be confusing and sometimes difficult to understand. After all, unless you’re in the know, you just don’t know. Fear not, we’re here to help you better understand the Anatomy of a Steel Building.

What to expect:
Over the next several weeks, we will post blogs that will help you define, identify and better your understanding of prefab steel buildings.

Here’s what we will cover:
  1. First and secondary support systems — Rigid frames, purlins & girts
  2. Describe the difference between Standing Seam and screw down roofing systems
  3. Types of accessories at your disposal
  4. Roof and wall sheeting

By the end, you should have a general understanding of the who, what, when and where of the anatomy of a steel building. And, at the end of the series there will be a free tool provided to help you remember all the information covered in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned…..