What is a Pre-Engineered Building?

As your Brevard County commercial contractors, we work to bring our clients the best value per dollar spent in the industry. When taking on a new project, we look at our customer’s needs and goals for the project and the best way to meet and exceed those needs while sticking to their budget and schedule. Our knowledge and experience within the industry allows us to offer our clients unmatched services and a variety of building types for various purposes.

One of the many types of buildings we work with is pre-engineered buildings. This type of building is unique because it’s actually pre-built and assembled on-site. Even though the building is pre-built, contractors still design the building through a process known as design and build. Pre-engineered buildings are frequently used in the construction of warehouses and industrial buildings since they’re typically cheap and fast to build. Here’s a deeper look into the advantages of pre-engineered buildings:

Construction Time: Since pre-engineered buildings use the systems approach, high-strength steel, tapered built-up sections, and a continuous light gage steel section, they’re usually faster to construct than traditional buildings. These buildings use standardized materials that have been proven to meet a variety of structural and aesthetic requirements and the components are engineered beforehand. By using customized software for design and standard components for construction, pre-engineered buildings reduce the time spent engineering and constructing the building.

Design: Design time is also significantly reduced since pre-engineered buildings are formed of standard sections and connections. Through a computer analysis, design programs are able to optimize the best materials and details to minimize design time.

Lower Cost: By using a mass-production approach there are significant savings throughout design, manufacturing, and site erection costs. Each building is designed to use materials in the most optimal way possible to reduce waste. Labor and maintenance costs are also relatively low.

Foundations: Foundations of pre-engineered buildings are typically simple to design and easy to construct. It could be as simple as a concrete slab or as complex as building on top of a basement. Unlike a traditional building, pre-engineered buildings usually have lower prerequisites for a foundation.

Erection: Since most, if not all, of the different components of pre-engineered buildings are standard, it usually takes less time to actually construct the building on-site.

Flexibility: With pre-engineered buildings, it’s fairly easy to expand them down the road by adding additional bays or pre-designing for expansion. They’re also easy to design to meet specific needs and are adaptable with other construction materials. The windows, doors, and other accessories are specifically designed to fit each building and are usually standardized and interchangeable parts.

Quality Control: Since the majority of a pre-engineered building is manufactured under controlled conditions in a factory, quality is easier to assure. These buildings are made to last and require very little maintenance. Whether is rain, wind, or snow, pre-engineered buildings are built to withstand various weather conditions.

Energy Efficiency: Since these buildings are primarily steel, they’re recyclable. There’s also no waste during the pre-engineering process and once the building is erected, there’s very little material that needs to be disposed of.

Weight: Pre-engineered buildings are almost 30 percent lighter than conventional buildings. The steel members are all roll-formed to make sure they’re all high strength and minimum weight.

Pre-engineered buildings are designed to be lightweight and durable. These steel structures are made of primary members, secondary members, and cover sheeting. This type of structure is great for non-residential buildings such as factories, warehouses, schools, or community buildings. Engineers are able to design these structures and modify them to meet the specifications of each unique project. At MEC, we build a variety of facilities for various purposes. Some of the building types that we specialize in include:

  • Masonry Buildings
  • Tilt-Up Concrete Buildings
  • Cast-Place-Concrete
  • Steel Framed
  • Metal Buildings
  • Timber
  • Wood

As your Melbourne contractors and engineers, we’re able to design and build a structure that’s unique to your needs. Whether you’re looking to build a retail plaza, industrial building, convenience store, school, or other facility, our team has the experience and expertise to make your vision a reality. To learn more about pre-engineered buildings, or to discuss your commercial construction needs, contact us today!


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