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Steel buildings can cost 35-50% less to build than conventionally constructed buildings such as stick-built or post & beam buildings.
Modular Buildings – are three-dimensional building segments that are produced in a manufacturing facility. Some are complete modular ‘building blocks’ that are bolted together on site to create the final building. With others being semi-finished modules that are again delivered to the site and fixed together before being finished.
Prefabricated Buildings – also referred to as prefab buildings (for more see here) are manufactured and substantially assembled at the manufacturing plant. Although early metal buildings (between the 1850’s & 1960’s) were accurately described as prefabricated buildings, modern day buildings are referred to as Metal Building Systems (see below for further description). Today’s prefab buildings consist of factory finished buildings such as toll booths, guard houses and small stand-alone classrooms.
Pre-Engineered Buildings – came into existence in the 1960s. Similar to the buildings that came before, these buildings were deemed to be ‘pre-engineered’ at the factory because they were produced from standard designs with limited configurations. Customers typically chose a steel building from a catalogue with standard dimensions such as 30×40, 30×50, 40×60, 40×80, 60×100 etc. Buildings also had standard size framed openings such as loading bays, doors & windows.
Metal Building Systems – are the modern day buildings we see being used today for applications ranging from small residential garages to large-scale distribution centers with low pitch roofs, colored wall/roof panels and possibly even custom exterior finishes such as custom fascia’s and mansards. The MBS term was coined in recent years by the industry to properly describe the modern structural engineering concepts & principles used in today’s metal buildings. The term also works for modern metal buildings because these buildings do work as a system because components such as the walls, roof, main & secondary framing are an interdependent group of technologies forming a unified whole.
The MBMA defines these buildings as follows:
“Metal building systems are professionally engineered structures that provide cost-effective and efficient low-rise buildings for a wide array of uses. “
The three most common building options available for both residential and commercial low-rise buildings include:
Both ‘Rigid Frame’ and Quonset style buildings are available as steel building kits designed to be erected on-site by the purchaser. Typically, these are available in smaller sized buildings such as 30×40, 30×50, 60×60 where only basic lifting equipment is required to raise the building frame. For larger buildings (over 4,000 square feet), buyers are advised to engage a local general contractor with experience in constructing pre-engineered buildings.